DOI: 10.1177/0192513x231194299 ISSN:

Study on Marriage Pairings and Women’s Fertility Intentions in China

Wenze Tian, Yiming He, Xiaoyu Wang
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

The effect of marriage pairings on fertility intentions is specific and has attracted increasing scholarly attention in recent years. Using data from the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS), this study explored the impact of couples’ educational pairings, age pairings, and income pairings on women’s desired number of children and their preference for sons. The results showed that marital-educational pairing had a greater effect on women’s fertility intentions than age and income pairing. The effect of marital pairing on women’s fertility intentions is also influenced by women’s age and urban–rural differences. The study helps to understand the changes in women’s fertility intentions and the factors influencing them after the fertility policy transition in China and inspires scholars to pay more attention to the interaction process between couples in the study of fertility intentions.

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