The Impact of occupation and occupational gender segregation on the transition to first and second birth in the Netherlands

Katia Begall, University of Groningen
Melinda Mills, University of Groningen

In the last years, there has been a growing interest in the impact of educational and occupational gender segregation on fertility but until today, most studies have not gone beyond including crude measurements of female dominated educational fields or broad occupational classifications. The goal of the present study is to link detailed information about educational and occupational gender segregation to fertility using data from four waves of a Dutch survey that registered complete histories of the respondents educational and occupational career and relationship and fertility transitions. Event history models are used to analyze the transition to first and second birth of roughly 2000 female respondents of the Family Survey of the Dutch Population, taking into account their educational attainment and field of study, occupation and the amount of occupational gender segregation. The industry in which the job is located and educational and occupational characteristics of the partner will also be included.

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Presented in Session 13: Occupational characteristics and fertility

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