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On the links between employment, partnership quality, and the desire to have a first child

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  • Ina Berninger

    (University of Bremen)

  • Bernd Weiß

    (University of Cologne)

  • Michael Wagner

    (University of Cologne)

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    We examine the impact of precarious work (low income and job security satisfaction) on the intention to have a first child. We consider a direct and an indirect effect; the latter is mediated by partners’ conflict behaviour, conflict level, and partnership quality. We assume that a satisfactory partnership is positively associated with the intention to have a first child. The analyses are based on a subsample of the German Generations and Gender Survey. For men we found a direct effect of income and an indirect effect of job security satisfaction on childbearing intentions, whereas for women no direct and only a weak indirect impact of precarious work could be observed.

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

    Volume (Year): 24 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 24 (April)
    Pages: 579-610

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:24:y:2011:i:24

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