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July 31, 2008

Delays in childbearing

One of the biggest social changes in recent decades has focused on women. More and more women are now going to college and moving into careers that once were not open to them. But have these changes had implications elsewhere in our lives? Listen

Dr. Mike Walden, North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, responds:

"They have, lots of them, and one of the most important I think is the implication we see in the fact that women are waiting longer to have children. Now a big reason is the economic changes you mentioned. More women are going to college, they are taking a career outside their home and they are waiting to get married and waiting to have children. Whereas a generation or two generations ago, a woman might go to high school, finish high school, graduate from high school, get married and then have children. Today they often wait until they finish college, and even then they may wait until they are established in their careers. So, I think what this shows is how economics -- and here we're talking about the economics of education, the economics of jobs and opportunities for women -- can have profound effects on even the most personal of decisions."

Posted by Dave at July 31, 2008 09:05 AM