Wealthy Swedes have more children than those on lower incomes, a new study has found.
The study, conducted by the Swedish Institute for Labor Market Policy Evaluation (IA), looked at data from 2000 to 2010 and found that the number of children born to parents in the highest income group was 20 percent higher than those in the lowest income group.
“This is in line with previous research that has shown that people with higher incomes tend to have more children,” said IA researcher Marcus Colliander.
The findings come as Sweden’s birth rate hits a record low, with just over 300,000 babies born in 2017.
This is in part due to the fact that more Swedes are choosing to have children later in life, with the average age of first-time mothers now 31.5 years.
However, the IA study found that the birth rate among high-income Swedes has remained relatively stable, while the rate among lower-income Swedes has declined.
“It’s possible that the birth rate would have fallen even further if it weren’t for the fact that those on higher incomes are having more children,” Colliander said.
While the overall birth rate in Sweden is at a record low, the number of births to foreign-born parents has been rising steadily.
In 2017, nearly one in four babies born in Sweden had at least one parent who was born abroad.
A recent study has found that high-earning Swedes are more likely to have children than their lower-earning counterparts.
The study, conducted by the Swedish government agency Statistics Sweden, looked at data from 2009 to 2015. It found that Swedes with an annual income of more than 1.5 million kronor ($165,000) were more than twice as likely to have children as those earning less than 500,000 kronor ($55,000).
Interestingly, the study also found that the higher one’s income, the more likely they were to have children. This is in contrast to other countries, where the birth rate tends to be highest among those on lower incomes.
The Swedish government has been working to increase the birth rate in recent years, with a particular focus on helping parents with young children. It is hoping that the findings of this study will help to inform its policy decisions going forward.