Prof. Mikko Myrskylä, How late is too late? Parental age and child outcomes. - Descripción
Summary: A major demographic trend in the latter half of the 20th century, and in the early 21st century, has been postponement of childbearing. The mean age at first birth has exceeded 30 in several European Countries and the proportion of children born to women aged 40 has reached 5 percent and is increasing. The postponement of fertility has motivated research on the causes of later childbearing as well as on the consequences, particularly on child well-being. The medical literature – which has primarily focused on the reproductive ageing process associated with advanced parental age – presents advanced maternal or paternal age as a risk factor for child health. In contrast, the social scientific literature - which has primarily focused on the social aspects associated with advanced age – suggests that childbearing postponement can result in positive effects for children as older parents may have socioeconomic advantages that are transmitted to the children. My presentation consolidates the two perspectives and documents how it would be misleading to talk about “the effect” of parental age on child outcomes as the effect varies strongly across time and place. I will further analyze what type of contextual factors are important in understanding the heterogeneity in the impact of parenthood postponement on child outcomes.
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Prof. Mikko Myrskylä, How late is too late? Parental age and child outcomes. - Biografía
Biography: Mikko Myrskylä is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Helsinki. He joined the MPIDR from the London School of Economics where he served as Professor of Demography, and where he continues to work as Research Professor and lead a research group funded by the European Research Council. Professor Myrskylä holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Helsinki. His work focuses on population health, analysis of contemporary fertility trends, and demographic forecasting.