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Housing and first births in Sweden, 1972-2005

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  • Ström, Sara

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    The aim of this study is to explore to what extent housing is a constraint for first births in Sweden 1972-2005. Three characteristics of housing are studied: housing type, tenure, and size of dwelling. The occurrence of childbearing is measured as the event of the birth itself and the time 16 months prior to the birth, i.e. initiation of conception. The main finding is that the size of the dwelling seems to be the housing factor with the strongest association with first-birth intensities. The effect of housing on childbearing seems to be stronger if measured to capture time of any first birth than if measured so as to coincide with the situation 16 months prior to the birth. The more strong effects on first-birth risks than on initiation of conceptions suggest that there is also an effect of childbearing plans on housing and residential moves. A stronger association between being established on the housing market and the propensity to have a first child is found for the 1974 cohort compared with the older cohorts. One can naturally speculate about the degree to which young adults opportunities to establish themselves on the housing market were influenced by the rapid and significant policy changes during the early 1990s.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Futures Studies in its series Arbetsrapport with number 2009:15.

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    Length: 27 pages
    Date of creation: 07 Oct 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifswps:2009_015

    Note: ISSN: 1652-120X ISBN: 978-91-85619-54-2
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    Keywords: First births; Housing; Housing policy; Cohorts;

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