Fertility and Well-Being

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Parental Age at the Time of Birth and Health Outcomes for Parents and Offspring

Conducted by Mikko Myrskylä; Kieron Barclay, Pekka Martikainen, Kai Willführ; in Collaboration with Martin Kolk (Stockholm University, Sweden), Hanna Remes (University of Helsinki, Finland), Katherine Keenan, Emily Grundy, Alice Goisis (all: London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom), Iliana V. Kohler, Irma T. Elo (both: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA), Ruben C. Arslan (University of Göttingen, Germany), Eckart Voland (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany), Øystein Kravdal (University of Oslo, Norway), Siddartha Aradhya (Stockholm University, Sweden), Anna Tegunimataka (Lund University, Sweden), Juho Härkönen (European University Institute, Italy)

Most of the existing literature on the relationship between advanced parental age at birth and health outcomes for the parent and the offspring provides associational evidence. In this project, we assess the causality of the relationship, as well as the underlying mechanisms.  Detailed Description

Research Keywords:

Fertility Development, Health Care, Public Health, Medicine, and Epidemiology


Barclay, K. J.; Kolk, M.:
European Journal of Population 35:1, 63–85. (2019)
Myrskylä, M.; Barclay, K. J.; Goisis, A.:
Der Gynäkologe 50:10, 767–772. (2017)
Arslan, R. C.; Willführ, K. P.; Frans, E. M.; Verweij, K. J. H.; Myrskylä, M.; Voland, E.; Almqvist, C.; Zietsch, B. P.; Penke, L.:
bioRxiv 042788, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. (2016)
Barclay, K. J.; Keenan, K.; Grundy, E.; Kolk, M.; Myrskylä, M.:
Social Science and Medicine 155, 82–92. (2016)
Barclay, K. J.; Myrskylä, M.:
SSM-Population Health 2, 68–76. (2016)
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