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Preference theory and low fertility: A comparative perspective

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  • Agnese Vitali
  • Francesco C. Billari
  • Alexia Prskawetz
  • Maria Rita Testa

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The discussion on the causes of the most recent fertility decline in Europe, and in particular on the emergence of lowest low fertility, emphasizes the relevance of cultural factors as compared to economic ones. Within such framework, the heterogeneity of preferences concerning the career vs. family dichotomy has been systematized in the Preference Theory approach developed by Catherine Hakim. This heterogeneity, however, has been so far underinvestigated in a comparative framework. This paper makes use of new comparative data from the 2004/05 Round of the European Social Survey to test the links between individual-level preferences and both fertility outcomes and fertility intentions, in a variety of societal settings. Results confirm an association between work-family lifestyle preferences and realized fertility in a variety of European countries, while they do not support the relevance of lifestyle preferences on fertility intentions.

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Paper provided by "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in its series Working Papers with number 001.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:don:donwpa:001

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Keywords: Preference Theory; low and lowest low fertility; Europe; European Social Survey; welfare regime;

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  1. Ina Berninger & Bernd Weiß & Michael Wagner, 2011. "On the links between employment, partnership quality, and the desire to have a first child," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 24(24), pages 579-610, April.
  2. Albert López-Ibor, Rocío & Escot Mangas, Lorenzo & Fernández Cornejo, José Andrés, 2010. "La predisposición de las estudiantes universitarias a auto-limitarse profesionalmente en el futuro por razones de conciliación/The Predisposition of Feminine University Students to Professional Self," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 28, pages 203 (32 pá, Abril.
  3. Paula E. GOBBI, 2011. "A Model of Voluntary Childlessness," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2011001, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).

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