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Fertility and Well-Being

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Two key trends characterize the shift in fertility behavior that took place over the 20th and early 21st centuries in high-income countries: women and couples are having far fewer children, and at much older ages than before. The focus of the work being done by the laboratory of Fertility and Well-being is on gaining an understanding of the determinants and the consequences of low and late fertility in contemporary populations. As maternal and paternal ages at birth are increasing across the developed world, concerns are being raised about the health effects of fertility postponement. The researchers of the laboratory will analyze how parental ages are associated with the health and well-being of the offspring, which mechanisms are responsible for these associations, and whether these relationships are causal. They will also examine the socioeconomic determinants and drivers of both fertility postponement and fertility levels, and develop new methods for fertility forecasting.Detailed description

 

Selected Publications

GOISIS, A.; SCHNEIDER, D.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.: "The reversing association between advanced maternal age and child cognitive development: Evidence from three UK birth cohorts." Forthcoming, International Journal of Epidemiology (2017)

BARCLAY, K.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
Advanced maternal age and offspring outcomes: causal effects and countervailing period trends
Population and Development Review (2016).

MYRSKYLÄ, M.; MARGOLIS, R.:
Happiness: before and after the kids
Demography 51:5, 1843-1866 (2014).

MYRSKYLÄ, M.; GOLDSTEIN, J. R.; CHENG, Y. A.:
New cohort fertility forecasts for the developed world: rises, falls, and reversals
Population and Development Review 39:1, 31-56 (2013).

MYRSKYLÄ, M.; KOHLER, H.-P.; BILLARI, F. C.:
Advances in development reverse fertility declines
Nature 460:7256, 741-743 (2009).

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APRIL 11, 2016 | PRESS RELEASE
Children of Older Mothers do better
Children of older mothers are healthier, taller and obtain more education than the children of younger mothers. The reason is that in industrialized countries educational opportunities are increasing, and people are getting healthier by the year. In other words, it pays off to be born later. more

 

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