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His and Her Job: What Matters Most for Fertility Plans and Actual Childbearing?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)In: Family Relations, ISSN 0197-6664, E-ISSN 1741-3729, Vol. 61, no 4, 686-697 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines workplace culture and fertility plans and transitions in Sweden. This study goes beyond previous research in examining the effect of particular job characteristics as well as the influence of a partner's job characteristics on women's and men's birth plans and transitions. We use data from the 1999 and 2003 Swedish Young Adult Panel Study. Results indicate that men are more likely to intend to have a child if their partner's job makes it easy to take parental leave or work part-time. Women are more likely to intend to have a child if their partner's job pays well. In addition, men whose job pays well are more likely to have a child. This research suggests that family-friendly policies may enhance fertility indirectly through men's fertility decision making.

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2012. Vol. 61, no 4, 686-697 p.
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childbearing decision making, family policy, gender, Sweden, workplace policies
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82112DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2012.00720.xISI: 000308397300012OAI: diva2:566768


Available from: 2012-11-09 Created: 2012-11-08 Last updated: 2012-11-09Bibliographically approved

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