Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Educational Gradient of Fertility: Evidence From Denmark

Sander Wagner, École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique
Anna Barbuscia , University of Oxford

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) accounts for an increasing number of births worldwide. Little is known about how this change affects selection into fertility. We explore the effects of ART on the educational gradient of fertility by looking at all Danish births between 1996 and 2006. Surprisingly we find that selection into ART births relative to natural births has a negative educational gradient. Year by year analysis shows that this gradient reverses over time.

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 Presented in Session 10. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior & Reproductive Health 2