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Mapping social influence on fertility: a mix-method approach to data collection

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  • Laura Bernardi

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

  • Holger von der Lippe

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

  • Sylvia Keim

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

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    Abstract

    Theoretical propositions on the importance of social effects arising from informal interaction on fertility change are not yet supported by systematic empirical evidence (Kohler et al. 2002). The correct identification of informal relationships sali1ent for fertility decision-making and the comparability of social networks across population subgroups present major problems. This paper illustrates the design of a research project that specifically addresses these two problems. The project investigates the role of informal social networks on fertility decisions in East and West Germany by employing a multi-method research strategy. We use a combination of in-depth interviews, network charts, and network grids to elicit a map of individual personal relationships and to analyze their influence on respondents’ fertility decisions and intentions. We collect information in parallel from the respondents and from up to three members of their social network.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its series MPIDR Working Papers with number WP-2005-015.

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    Length: 27 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2005-015

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    Keywords: Germany; family formation; methodology; social norms;

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    1. Laura Bernardi & Andreas Klärner & Holger von der Lippe, 2006. "Perceptions of job instability and the prospects of parenthood. A comparison between Eastern and Western Germany," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2006-017, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.

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