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Social differentials in speed-premium effects in childbearing in Sweden

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  • Gunnar Andersson

    (Stockholm University)

  • Jan M. Hoem

    (Stockholm University)

  • Ann-Zofie Duvander

    (Statistics Sweden)

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    In Sweden, parents receive a parental-leave allowance of a high percentage (currently 80%) of their pre-birth salary for about a year in connection with any birth. If they space their births sufficiently closely, they avoid a reduction in the allowance caused by any reduced income earned between the births. The gain is popularly called a “speed premiumâ€. In previous work we have shown that childbearing was sped up correspondingly. This is clear evidence of a causal effect of a policy change on childbearing behavior. In the present paper, we study how this change in behavior was adopted in various social strata of the Swedish population.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 (January)
    Pages: 51-70

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:14:y:2006:i:4

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    Keywords: fertility; fertility determinants; fertility trends; impacts of family policies; institutional effects; Sweden;

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    1. Neyer, Gerda, 2003. "Family Policies and Low Fertility in Western Europe," Discussion Paper, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University 161, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    2. Jan M. Hoem & Gerda R. Neyer & Gunnar Andersson, 2005. "Childlessness and educational attainment among Swedish women born in 1955-59," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2005-014, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    3. Øystein Kravdal, 2001. "The High Fertility of College Educated Women in Norway," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 5(6), pages 187-216, December.
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    6. Gunnar Andersson & Jan M. Hoem & Ann-Zofie Duvander, 2005. "Social differentials in speed-premium effects in childbearing in Sweden," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2005-027, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
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    1. Hill Kulu & Andres Vikat & Gunnar Andersson, 2006. "Settlement size and fertility in the Nordic countries," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2006-024, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    2. Cordula Zabel, 2009. "Eligibility for Maternity Leave and First Birth Timing in Great Britain," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 28(3), pages 251-270, June.
    3. Livia Sz. Oláh, 2008. "Should governments in Europe be much more aggressive in pushing for gender equality to raise fertility? YES," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2008-003, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    4. Anne Gauthier, 2007. "The impact of family policies on fertility in industrialized countries: a review of the literature," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 26(3), pages 323-346, June.
    5. Livia Sz. Oláh & Eva Bernhardt, 2008. "Sweden: Combining childbearing and gender equality," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 19(28), pages 1105-1144, July.
    6. Gunnar Andersson & Karsten Hank & Andres Vikat, 2006. "Understanding parental gender preferences in advanced societies: lessons from Sweden and Finland," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2006-019, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    7. Gunnar Andersson & Karsten Hank & Andres Vikat, 2007. "Understanding parental gender preferences in advanced societies: Lessons from Sweden and Finland," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 17(6), pages 135-156, October.
    8. Jona Schellekens, 2009. "Family allowances and fertility: Socioeconomic differences," Demography, Springer, Springer, vol. 46(3), pages 451-468, August.
    9. Gerda R. Neyer & Gunnar Andersson, 2007. "Consequences of family policies on childbearing behavior: effects or artifacts?," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2007-021, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    10. Cordula Zabel, 2007. "Eligibility for materniy leave and first birth timing in Great Britain," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2007-009, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    11. Jan M. Hoem & Gerda Neyer & Gunnar Andersson, 2006. "Educational attainment and ultimate fertility among Swedish women born in 1955-59," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 14(16), pages 381-404, May.
    12. Gerda R. Neyer, 2006. "Family policies and fertility in Europe: fertility policies at the intersection of gender policies, employment policies and care policies," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2006-010, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.

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