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Different women’s employment and fertility behaviours in similar institutional settings: Evidence from Italy and Poland

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  • Anna Matysiak

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  • Daniele Vignoli

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    (Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics, Department of Statistics, University of Florence)

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In this paper we compare Italy and Poland, two countries where the country-specific obstacles to work and family reconciliation are similarly strong, but which differ in terms of the history of women’s labour force participation and of household living standards. We adopt a life course perspective, and trace women’s employment choices around the first and the second birth. On the one hand, our findings suggest the presence of a strong conflict between women’s paid work and childbearing in both countries. On the other, our results show that women’s employment clearly inhibits childbearing in Italy, while in Poland women tend to combine the two activities. Overall, we find that countries characterised by similarly strong institutionally or culturally driven tensions between work and family may differ in how women’s fertility and employment behaviours are interrelated.

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Paper provided by Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 41.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:isd:wpaper:41

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Keywords: work and family reconciliation; fertility; women’s employment; Poland; Italy;

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  1. Anna Matysiak, 2012. "Fertility developments in Central and Eastern Europe: the role of work-family tensions," Working Papers 49, Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics.

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