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ISER Working Paper Series 2010-17

Who delays childbearing? The relationships between fertility, education and personality traits


Publication date

24 May 2010


Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, this paper assesses the influence of personality traits on the timing of motherhood and investigates whether, and in what way, personality traits can explain the differences in maternity timing between more and less educated women. We estimate a log-logistic model of the time to first child birth and show that there is a statistically significant relationship between the Big Five personality traits and timing to motherhood. The results also show that within the more educated group, women who have an average to high score on Openness have lower hazards of childbirth.


Psychology, Education, and Childbearing: Fertility


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