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Should governments in Europe be more aggressive in pushing for gender equality to raise fertility? The second "YES"

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  • Livia Sz. Oláh

    (Stockholms Universitet)

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This paper is based on my contribution to a debate, organized by MPIDR, on the question displayed in the title above. I was asked to present arguments for the "yes"-response (together with Laurent Toulemon, and arguing against the "no"-side represented by Gerda Neyer and Dimiter Philipov). As pointed out in the paper, the most important theoretical reasoning relevant for this question is the gender equity theory. A number of studies provide sound empirical support to it, as discussed in the paper in details, and thereby also a rationale for a positive impact of increased gender equality on fertility. As the dual-earner family is here to stay, and given the well-known negative consequences of long-term very low fertility for a society, pushing for gender equality seems to be a reasonable strategy to be considered aiming for sustainable societal development.

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  • Livia Sz. Oláh, 2011. "Should governments in Europe be more aggressive in pushing for gender equality to raise fertility? The second "YES"," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 24(9), pages 217-224, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:24:y:2011:i:9
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    Keywords

    division of household work; dual-earner couples; fertility; fertility desires; gender equality; gender roles; parental leave; second births;

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

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