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Family Policy and Fertility Intentions in 21 European Countries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2014 (English)In: Journal of Marriage and Family, ISSN 0022-2445, E-ISSN 1741-3737, Vol. 76, no 2, 428-445 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

European countries show substantial variation in family policy and in the extent to which policies support more traditional male-breadwinner or more gender egalitarian earner-carer family arrangements. Using data from the European Social Survey, the authors implemented multilevel models to analyze variation in fertility intentions of 16,000 men and women according to individual-level characteristics and family policy across 21 European countries. Both traditional and earner-carer family support generosity were positively related to first-birth intentions for men and women. In contrast, only earner-carer support maintains its positive relationship with second birth intentions. Family policy is not in general related to third and higher order parity intentions.

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2014. Vol. 76, no 2, 428-445 p.
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western European families, fertility, parenthood, work-family balance, Eastern European families, family diversity, family planning, family policy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104566DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12097ISI: 000332164500012OAI: diva2:724434


Available from: 2014-06-12 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2014-06-12Bibliographically approved

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