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A Review of Policies and Practices Related to the “Highest-Low” Fertility of Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2007 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Swedish family policies are not directly aimed at encouraging childbirth. Their main goal has rather been to support women’s labor-force participation and to promote gender equality. The focus is to strengthen individuals so that they are able to pursue their family and occupational tracks without being too strongly dependent on other individuals. The reconciliation of family and working life of women has been facilitated by (i) individual taxation and individual-based social-security systems, which makes it less attractive for couples to pursue gendered segregation of work and care, (ii) an income-replacement based parental-leave system, which gives women incentives to establish themselves in the labor market before considering childbirth, and (iii) subsidized child-care, which allows women to return to work after parental leave. Fertility has fluctuated during recent decades but, as in the other Nordic countries with a similar welfare-state setup, it has stayed well above the European average. The Swedish institutional context clearly is conducive to such “highest-low” fertility. In this review, I provide evidence that institutional factors appear to be far more decisive than cultural ones in shaping childbearing behavior, and demonstrate some specific impacts of family policies on childbearing dynamics.

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Stockholm: Sociologiska institutionen , 2007. , 22 p.
Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, ISSN 0281-8728 ; 0281-8728
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7293OAI: diva2:198002
Available from: 2008-01-11 Created: 2008-01-11Bibliographically approved

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