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Consequences of family policies on childbearing behavior: Effects or artifacts?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Demografi (SUDA).
2008 (English)In: Population and Development Review, Vol. 34, no 4, 699-724 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues for a more careful consideration of theoretical and methodological aspects in studies of the effects of family policies on childbearing behavior. In our approach, we employ elements of comparative welfare-state research, of the sociology of “constructed categories”, and of “the new institutionalism” to demonstrate that investigations into policy effects need to contextualize policies and need to reduce their complexity by focusing on “critical junctures”, “space”, and “usage”. As regards methods we argue that the effects of policies can only be assessed properly if we study their impact on individual behavior, event-history models applied to individual-level data being the state-of-the-art of such an approach. We use selected empirical studies from Sweden to demonstrate that the type of approach that we advocate prevents us from drawing misleading conclusions.

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2008. Vol. 34, no 4, 699-724 p.
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family policy, fertility, childbearing
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15157ISI: 000261446900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-15157DiVA: diva2:181677
Available from: 2008-11-23 Created: 2008-11-23 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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