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Japan is one of few developed countries in which marriage and higher earning potential among women are negatively associated. As the proportion of births occurring outside of marriage remains low in Japan, fertility is still significantly influenced by marriage trends, which are in turn influenced by societal expectations regarding the marriageability of educated women. Previous studies have suggested that the economic independence associated with higher education is at the root of thisdoi:10.4054/mpidr-wp-2009-033 fatcat:h6pi3ls3crbzbbz3fdrwcf3tme