International Conference 

Education and the Global Fertility Transition

Vienna, 30 November - 1 December 2011

Preliminary Agenda

Wednesday, 30 Nov. 2011

08.30-09.00 Registration
09.00-09.15 Welcome by organiser (Vegard Skirbekk)
and introduction to the topic (Wolfgang Lutz)
09.15-12.15 Session 1
From the world’s highest fertility to the most rapid decline
Chair: Eduardo Rios-Neto
  • The relative importance of education for the fertility decline in Sub-Saharan Africa (Regina Fuchs & Wolfgang Lutz) more
  • The effect of education on fertility and at first birth: evidence from compulsory education laws in Latin America (Ana Mylena Aguilar Rivera) more
  • Women’s education and the transition to motherhood in Tehran, Iran (Amir Erfani) more
  • Female education, labour markets and fertility outcomes: tempo and quantum of first births in Belgium between 1960 and 2000 (Karel Neels) more
  • Education and fertility. Evidence from the Hungarian GGP data (Tamás Bartus et al.) more
(10.55-11.25) Coffee break
  • Discussion
12.15-13.30 Poster Session 1 and lunch break
  • Does motherhood impede access to lifelong learning? Evidence from European Social Survey (Anna Baranowska)
  • How and what changed women’s fertility behaviour with educational attainment in Eastern and Western Germany over the last few decades? (Gwendolin J. Blossfeld)
  • The impact of changes of women status on fertility (Anica Dragovic & Mohammed Humaid Aljabri)
  • Youth and reproduction in Brazil (Sandra Garcia et al.)
  • Electrification and fertility in the US (Rowena Gray)
  • Child survival, evolution of income-dependent relative preferences and modern fertility transition (Junji Kageyama)
13.30-17.00 Session 2: Additional dimensions of education
Chair: K. S. James
  • Student, spouse and parent? School attendance and role incompatibility among adolescents and young adults in 73 countries, 2000 (Albert Esteve et al.) more
  • Mass education, low fertility, human capital formation and the conditions for future economic development (Alberto Palloni et al.) more
  • More schooling, more children: compulsory schooling reforms and fertility in Europe (Margherita Fort et al.) more
  • Discussion
(15.00-15.30) Coffee break
  (Session 2 cont.)
  • Women’s childlessness at age thirty: the causal impact on labor force participation and education attainment in some Latin American countries (Laeticia Souza & Eduardo Rios-Neto) more
  • Family planning in the north-eastern part of India: church vs. female education (K. C. Lalmalsawmzauva) more
  • Women’s education and fertility transition in sub-Saharan Africa (David Shapiro) more
  • Discussion

Thursday, 1 Dec. 2011

09.00-11.00 Session 3: Re-assessments
Chair: Jan Van Bavel
  • A re-assessment of the effects of female education and employment on fertility in Nigeria (Onipede Wusu) more
  • Family planning and fertility differences with respect to the status groups of women in Turkey (M. Murat Yüceşahin et al.) more
  • A re-assessment of fertility differentials by education using demographic and health surveys (Samir K.C.and Alessandra Grabero) more
  • Senior's wellbeing: perceived and realized associations with variation in number of children (Valeria Bordone et al.) more
  • Discussion


Coffee break


Session 4: Economic perspectives
Chair: Warren C. Sanderson


  • The economic and demographic transition from a global perspective (Uwe Sunde & Matteo Cervellati) more
  • Long-term determinants of the demographic transition: 1870-2000 (Fabrice Murtin) more
  • Incentives and disincentives of reproduction: women’s educational attainment and fertility decisions in Singapore (Shirley Hsiao-Li Sun) more
  • Discussion


Poster Session 2 and lunch break
  • Have policy changes and investments in education expanded real opportunities and fertility choices for women and girls in Nigeria? (Olaide A. Adedokun et al.)
  • Type of union and education: factors associated to mean age at first birth in the context of fertility decline: the cases of Brazil and Bolivia (Juliana V. S. Barros & Gabriela Mourise de Oliveira Bonifácio)
  • Relationship between education and parity progression and birth intervals in a context of fertility decline: an application to Latin America (Gabriela Mourise de Oliveira Bonifácio & Laura L. R. Wong)
  • Education as a main factor in fertility decline: the experience of Iran (Hossein Mahmoudian)
  • Fertility and education forecast for India: a sub-national analysis (Monika Sawhney) (to be confirmed)
  • Is education behind decreasing child sex-ratio (0-6) in India? Preliminary results of 2011 census (KNS Yadava)


Session 5: Modernity and fertility
Chair: Alicia Adsera


  • One or two pathways to individual modernity? Effects of education on family formation in Japan and Germany (Bernhard Nauck & Rokuro Tabuchi) more
  • theYesterday and today: what late 19th century America can teach us about fertility transitions (Warren C. Sanderson) more
  • Implications of the shifting gender balance in education for reproduction in Europe (Jan Van Bavel) more
  • Discussion


Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Concluding discussion:
Is education the main driver of the global fertility transition?
Moderator: Bill Butz
  • Brief introductory statements by Nico Keilman, Wolfgang Lutz and others
  • Open discussion




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