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Should governments in Europe be more aggressive in pushing for gender equality to raise fertility? The second "YES"

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  • Livia Sz. Oláh

    (Stockholm University)

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    This paper is based on my contribution to a debate, organized by MPIDR, on the question displayed in the title above. I was asked to present arguments for the "yes"-response (together with Laurent Toulemon, and arguing against the "no"-side represented by Gerda Neyer and Dimiter Philipov). As pointed out in the paper, the most important theoretical reasoning relevant for this question is the gender equity theory. A number of studies provide sound empirical support to it, as discussed in the paper in details, and thereby also a rationale for a positive impact of increased gender equality on fertility. As the dual-earner family is here to stay, and given the well-known negative consequences of long-term very low fertility for a society, pushing for gender equality seems to be a reasonable strategy to be considered aiming for sustainable societal development.

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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): 9 (February)
    Pages: 217-224

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:24:y:2011:i:9

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    Keywords: desired fertility; division of household work; dual-earner family; fertility; gender equality; gender roles; parental leave; second births;

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