ZOOM SEMINAR: When and Where Birth Spacing Matters for Offspring Outcomes: An International Comparison

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Lecturer: Kieron Barclay, Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS. Associate Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University. Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock.
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Kieron Barclay, SCAS and Stockholm University, gives a seminar on "When and Where Birth Spacing Matters for Offspring Outcomes: An International Comparison". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.


A large literature has examined the relationship between birth spacing, variously operationalized as birth-to-birth intervals and interpregnancy intervals, and the outcomes of children over the life course. Birth intervals refer to the time interval between the births of adjacent siblings. Birth intervals have been the subject of sustained interest amongst researchers because they have the potential to reflect important dimensions of resource distribution in the household, as well as important physiological factors around pregnancy and child-rearing. In this presentation I will discuss research that has examined how birth spacing affects children over the short-, medium-, and long-term. I will discuss research examining whether and how birth spacing is linked to health and mortality, as well as educational and socioeconomic attainment. Studies addressing these research questions have used data from a wide range of low-, middle-, and high-income countries, and I will discuss the potential importance of economic development, the welfare state, and public health conditions as moderating factors. I will pay particular attention to recent research, including my own, that has tried to isolate the impact of birth spacing on child outcomes by comparing children born to the same mother.

For more information and the Zoom link, please see the enclosed PDF file or http://www.swedishcollegium.se/subfolders/Events.html.

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