A recent study by the Etla Economic Research Institute has revealed an interesting finding: women with advanced education are more likely to find a spouse and have children by age 37, while men’s level of education does not promote family formation. This contradicts previous assumptions that education makes it difficult for women to start a family, but helps men find a relationship. The study compared data from the register of persons born between 1979-1985 who completed secondary education or the faculty of applied sciences. Those who barely exceeded or barely fell below the admission limits were included in the study.
The results showed that access to secondary education increased the number of children for women by 5%, and access to a university of applied sciences by an additional 5%, compared to those left out. This suggests that education increases the number of female children because educated people’s jobs are more flexible to family needs, making them desirable reproductive partners. However, in men, the effect was close to zero for one reason or another.
Research manager and study author Hanna Virtanen stated that the results differ significantly from what was previously assumed and that there is no clear explanation for this discrepancy. The next phase of the project aims to uncover these explanations. Although these results cannot be generalized to all educated and uneducated people, they provide valuable insight into the effects of education on family formation.