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Comprehensive analyses of fertility trends in the Russian Federation during the past half century

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  • Tomas Frejka

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

  • Sergei Zakharov
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    The transformation of traditional childbearing patterns of early family formation to later family formation characterized recent fertility trends in Russia. These were intrinsically interwoven with fundamental changes in all aspects of life of young people in the 1990s and the 2000s. The past quarter century was also marked by concern with low fertility and attempts to increase fertility in the early 1980s and the late 2000s. The family policies of the 1980s failed to raise fertility. Preliminary analyses indicate that the fate of the 2007 policies could be similar. In both cases the main emphasis was on material birth and child benefits, parental leaves and child care. Presumably insufficient attention was devoted to improving living conditions of young people and promoting gender equality. Will government efforts to raise fertility during the 2010s be sufficiently effective to offset economic and social forces challenging childbearing? As of 2012 the outlook for a future fertility increase does not appear hopeful.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its series MPIDR Working Papers with number WP-2012-027.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2012-027

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    Keywords: Russian Federation; fertility;

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    1. Maleva, T. & Tyndik, A., 2013. "Fertility Growth Potential in Russia: Lessons of the Megalopolis," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 17(1), pages 137-158.

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