Understanding transmission of fertility across multiple generations - Socialization or socioeconomics?
2014 (English)In: Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, ISSN 0276-5624, Vol. 35, 89-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A number of studies have documented consistent patterns in intergenerational transmission of fertility in contemporary societies. However, why children replicate the family size of their parents has received significantly less attention. The goal of this study is to examine whether observed fertility associations across generations are due in part to an intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status. Swedish registry data on childbearing histories, other demographic events, and socioeconomic traits are used to disentangle possible explanations of intergenerational fertility continuities. Data are collected for the Swedish cohorts born between 1970 and 1982 for whom parents' and grandparents' family size can be observed. The inclusion of data on grandparents gives insights into pathways for multigenerational associations, and allows for comparisons between maternal and paternal characteristics that are otherwise hard to separate. Results show that some of the observed intergenerational continuity in fertility can be explained by continuities in education and socioeconomic status, but that most fertility associations remain and are related to other sources, such as transmission of values and preferred family size.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 35, 89-103 p.
Intergenerational transmission of fertility, Grandparent, Grandchildren, Fertility, Sweden
Research subject Sociological Demography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105942DOI: 10.1016/j.rssm.2013.09.006ISI: 000336872700007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-105942DiVA: diva2:733171