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Trends and Determinants of Fertility Rates: The Role of Policies

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  • Anna Christina D'Addio
  • Marco Mira d'Ercole

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This report tries to explain observed changes in fertility rates across OECD countries, with an emphasis on socio-economic considerations. It aims to extend the understanding of fertility-related behaviours in different ways: first, by explaining recent developments in fertility rates and their relationships to other social drivers; second, by developing and testing new and expanded models to explain the cross-country variation in fertility rates due to labour markets, social and fiscal policies, and individual characteristics; third, by exploring which polices, through their effects on particular variables at micro and macro levels, have the biggest effect on fertility rates. Ce rapport essaye d’expliquer les évolutions observées dans les taux de fécondité dans les pays de l’OCDE, l’accent étant mis sur un angle socio-économique. Il tend à faire comprendre les comportements liés à la fécondité de plusieurs manières : premièrement, en expliquant les évolutions récentes des taux de fécondité et leur relation avec les autres facteurs sociaux ; deuxièmement, en développant et en testant des modèles nouveaux et élargis afin d’expliquer les différences des taux de fécondité observées dans les pays en fonction des caractéristiques du marché du travail, des politiques sociales et fiscales et des caractéristiques individuelles ; troisièmement, en essayant d’identifier les politiques qui ont la plus grande incidence sur les taux de fécondité de par l’effet qu’elles ont sur des variables particulières aux niveaux micro et macro.

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers with number 27.

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Date of creation: 02 Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaab:27-en

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  1. Modena, Francesca & Sabatini, Fabio, 2010. "I Would if I Could: Precarious Employment and Childbearing Intentions in Italy," MPRA Paper 26117, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Kimura, Masako & Yasui, Daishin, 2009. "Public provision of private child goods," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 93(5-6), pages 741-751, June.
  3. Immervoll, Herwig & Barber, David, 2006. "Can Parents Afford to Work? Childcare Costs, Tax-Benefit Policies and Work Incentives," IZA Discussion Papers 1932, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Robert Drago & Katina Sawyer & Karina Sheffler & Diana Warren & Mark Wooden, 2009. "Did Australia's Baby Bonus Increase the Fertility Rate?," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne wp2009n01, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  5. Sabatini, Fabio, 2009. "Work status and family planning: insights from the Italian puzzle," MPRA Paper 18851, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Masako Kimura & Daishin Yasui, 2008. "Public Provision of Private Child Goods," KIER Working Papers, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research 662, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  7. Samuel H. Preston & Caroline Sten Hartnett, 2008. "The Future of American Fertility," NBER Working Papers 14498, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. Schrage, Andrea, 2007. "Low Fertility of Highly Educated Women: The Impact of Child Care Infrastructure," University of Regensburg Working Papers in Business, Economics and Management Information Systems 421, University of Regensburg, Department of Economics.

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