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Gender equality and fertility intentions revisited

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  • Anneli Miettinen

    (Väestöliitto (Population Research Institute))

  • Stuart Gietel-Basten

    (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  • Anna Rotkirch

    (Väestöliitto (Population Research Institute))

Abstract

Stimulated by the recent debate on gender roles and men’s fertility behaviour (Puur et al. 2008; Westoff and Higgins 2009; Goldscheider, Oláh and Puur 2010), we present evidence from Finland as a country well into the second phase of the so-called gender revolution. We examine how gender role attitudes relate to childbearing intentions at the onset of family life, intentions to have many (3 or more) children, and high personal fertility ideals among low-parity men and women. Gender equality attitudes are measured for both the public and the domestic sphere and the influence of work and family orientation is controlled for. Finding signs of a U-shaped association among men, we conclude that both traditional and egalitarian attitudes raise men’s expected fertility compared to men with intermediate gender attitudes and independently of family values. Among Finnish women the impact of gender attitudes is smaller and more ambiguous.

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  • Anneli Miettinen & Stuart Gietel-Basten & Anna Rotkirch, 2011. "Gender equality and fertility intentions revisited," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 24(20), pages 469-496, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:24:y:2011:i:20
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    1. Arnstein Aassve & Giulia Fuochi & Letizia Mencarini & Daria Mendola, 2015. "What is your couple type? Gender ideology, housework sharing, and babies," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 32(30), pages 835-858, April.
    2. repec:dem:demres:v:37:y:2017:i:62 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Europe; fertility; Finland; gender attitudes; gender roles; men;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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