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How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain

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  • Lucia Coppola

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

  • Mariachiara Di Cesare
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    In this paper we investigate the interrelationships between fertility decisions and union dissolution in Italy and Spain. We argue that there might exist a spurious relationship between these two life trajectories. The analysis is based on the 1996 Fertility and Family Survey data for Italy and Spain. Results show that there is a spurious relationship between fertility and union dissolution in Italy but not in Spain. Nevertheless, in both countries, there is an evident direct effect of each process on the other: union dissolution decreases the risk of further childbearing, while childbirth decreases the risk of union dissolution.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its series MPIDR Working Papers with number WP-2007-024.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2007-024

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    Keywords: Italy; Spain; divorce rate; fertility;

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