The Population, Society and Inequality Colloquium Series presents

“The Perplexing Links between Sterilization and Disadvantage in the United States: A Comparative Perspective”
with Mieke C.W. Eeckhaut, Visiting Scholar, UCLA Center for Population Research and Megan M. Sweeney, Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Social Science Plaza B, Room 4250

This research considers the association between sterilization and socioeconomic status in comparative context, using data from the 2006-10 National Survey of Family Growth and the first wave of the Generations and Gender Survey. The researchers first confirm that longstanding patterns of association between socioeconomic status and sterilization persist in the contemporary United States. Specifically, female sterilization is associated with economic disadvantage but male sterilization is associated with economic advantage. They next investigate whether these patterns extend to nine other low-fertility countries. Results show that female sterilization is associated with educational disadvantage in most study countries, whereas the positive educational gradient in male sterilization is observed only in the United States. Finally, the researchers ask whether demographic background factors explain observed associations between sterilization and socioeconomic status. Even when adjusting for these factors, a strong gendered association remains in Belgium and the United States.

Sponsored by the Gender, Work, and Family Research Group

For further information, please contact Sandy Cushman, or 949-824-3344.

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