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Should governments in Europe be more aggressive in pushing for gender equality to raise fertility?: The second "YES"
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2011 (English)In: Demographic Research, ISSN 1435-9871, Vol. 24, no 9, 217-224 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on my contribution to a debate, organized by MPIDR, on the question displayed in the title above. I was asked to present arguments for the “yes”-response (together with Laurent Toulemon, and arguing against the “no”-side represented by Gerda Neyer and Dimiter Philipov). As pointed out in the paper, the most important theoretical reasoning relevant for this question is the gender equity theory. A number of studies provide sound empirical support to it, as discussed in the paper in details, and thereby also a rationale for a positive impact of increased gender equality on fertility. As the dual-earner family is here to stay, and given the well-known negative consequences of long-term very low fertility for a society, pushing for gender equality seems to be a reasonable strategy to be considered aiming for sustainable societal development.

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2011. Vol. 24, no 9, 217-224 p.
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gender equality, gender roles, fertility, desired fertility, second birth, parental leave, division of household work, dual-earner family
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54277DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2011.24.9ISI: 000286872600004OAI: diva2:392681
Available from: 2011-01-27 Created: 2011-01-27 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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