Education has long been recognized as a crucial factor influencing women's childbearing patterns; an extensive demographic literature is devoted to examining the role of female education in promoting sustained fertility decline.
• A women's educational level is the best predictor of how many children she will have, according to a new study from the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, based on an analysis of 1994 birth certificates, found a direct relationship between years of education and birth rates, with the highest birth rates among women with the lowest educational attainment.
• Among women in their twenties - the peak childbearing ages - and women in their forties, birth rates are highest for women with the least education.
• First birth rates for women in their thirties with a college degree were two to five times the first birth rates for women with less education.
• Women with college degrees can be expected to complete their childbearing with 1.6-2.0 children each; For women with less education the total expected number of children are: 3.2 children for those with 0-8 years of education; 2.3 children for those with 9-11 years of education and 2.7 for high school graduates.
• Education Attainment of girls and women. Education attainment, the combined primary, secondary, and tertiary gross enrollment ratio, is the number of students enrolled in a level of education, regardless of age, as a percentage of the population of official school age for that level. This is a combined enrollment rate where primary education is the first level where the main function is to provide basic elements of education,
• secondary education is based on at least four years previous instruction at the primary level providing both general and/or specialized instruction, and tertiary education is the third level requiring a minimum criteria for admission,...
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