, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 277–290 | Cite as

Education and the changing age pattern of American fertility: 1963–1989

  • Ronald R. RindfussEmail author
  • S. Philip Morgan
  • Kate Offutt
Fertility and Contraception


Using pooled data from the 1980, 1985, and 1990 Current Population Surveys, we describe fertility trends by age and education for the period 1963–1989. Interest focuses on whether the effects of education have changed across this period. We show that women with college degrees experienced dramatic shifts toward later ages of childbearing. This shift is consistent with arguments we develop about the increased opportunity for women to pursue careers and about changes in the availability of child care


Total Fertility Rate Current Population Survey Development Review Vital Registration Current Population Report 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald R. Rindfuss
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Philip Morgan
    • 2
  • Kate Offutt
    • 2
  1. 1.Carolina Population CenterUniversity of North Carolina, CB# 8120 University SquareChapel Hill
  2. 2.Population Studies CenterUniversity of PennsylvaniaUSA

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