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About The Event
As birth rates fall across the country, a non-negligible number of college-educated women are still choosing to have five or more children. What motivates women of different world views, different motivations, and different life patterns all to make this same choice? What goes into the choice to have children at all, and what sorts of things influence the decision to have an additional child?
On December 5th, Dr. Catherine Pakaluk will share insights about motive and meaning among high-fertility women at this semester's faculty colloquium. Fresh off interviews with approximately 60 women across the country, she will provide a preliminary thesis about what drives fertility patterns in America, how child-bearing affects marital quality, and how high-fertility women articulate the purposefulness they find in family life.
Faculty members and graduate students are invited to attend. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Catherine Ruth Pakaluk is an assistant professor of economics in the Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, and a faculty research fellow at the Stein Center for Social Research. Her research is concerned broadly with the study of family, gender, and fertility. Most recently, she has been working on theoretical frameworks for evaluating the effect of changes in contraceptive technology on sexual behavior and fertility. She also studies the relationship between churches, schools, and families and is developing new metrics for measuring the value of a "good fit" between students and schools. Professor Pakaluk received her doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 2010. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Michael, and eight children.