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Do Neighbourhoods Have an Influence on Reproductive Intentions? Empirical Evidence from Milan


  • Silvia Meggiolaro


Meggiolaro S. Do neighbourhoods have an influence on reproductive intentions? Empirical evidence from Milan, Regional Studies. This paper aims at studying the contextual effect on reproductive intentions with an innovative approach. It considers women and the groups to which they belong 'close up', using data in very great territorial detail with reference to an Italian metropolitan area: Milan. This allows context to be described in an in-depth and original way, thus allowing an examination to be made of the mechanism underlying the formation of fertility intentions. Results suggest that besides the importance of individual factors and preferences, reproductive choices are also influenced by some characteristics of the places in which individuals live. [image omitted] Meggiolaro S. Les voisinages, influencent-ils les intentions de reproduire? Des preuves empiriques provenant de Milan, Regional Studies. Employant une facon innovatrice, cet article cherche a etudier l'impact du milieu sur les intentions de reproduire. A partir des donnees regionales tres detaillees sur une zone metropolitaine, a savoir Milan, on considere 'en gros plan' les femmes et les groupes auxquels elles appartiennent, Cela permet la presentation du mileu d'une facon approfondie et originale, facilitant un examen du mecanisme qui etaye l'etablissement des intentions de reproduire. Les resultats laissent voir que le choix de reproduire est influence aussi par certains caracteristiques du milieu ou habitent l'individu, a part l'importance des facteurs et des preferences particuliers. Intentions de reproduire Impact du milieu Donnees sous-municipales Milan Meggiolaro S. Wirkt sich die Nachbarschaft auf die reproduktiven Absichten aus? Empirische Belege aus Mailand, Regional Studies. In diesem Beitrag wird der Kontexteffekt auf reproduktive Absichten mit Hilfe eines innovativen Ansatzes untersucht. In einer 'Nahaufnahme' untersuchen wir Frauen und die Gruppen, zu denen sie gehoren, wofur ausserst detaillierte territoriale Daten des italienischen Metropolitangebiets Mailand zum Einsatz kommen. Auf diese Weise lasst sich der Kontext auf ausfuhrliche und originelle Weise beschreiben, was wiederum eine Untersuchung der Mechanismen ermoglicht, die der Bildung von reproduktiven Absichten zugrundeliegen. Aus den Ergebnissen geht hervor, dass die Reproduktionsentscheidungen nicht nur von individuellen Faktoren und Vorlieben abhangen, sondern auch von einigen Merkmalen der Orte, an denen die Personen wohnen. Reproduktive Absichten Kontexteffekte Details unterhalb der Gemeindeebene Mailand Meggiolaro S. ¿Influyen los vecindarios en las intenciones reproductivas? Evidencia empirica de Milan, Regional Studies. La finalidad de este articulo es estudiar el efecto contextual en las intenciones reproductivas con un enfoque innovador. Analizamos en primer plano a las mujeres y los grupos a los que pertenecen usando datos con gran detalle territorial con referencia a un area metropolitana de Italia: Milan. De esta manera podemos describir un contexto de un modo profundo y original, lo que nos permite hacer un analisis de los mecanismos subyacentes en la formacion de las intenciones de fertilidad. Los resultados indican que ademas de la importancia de factores y preferencias individuales, las decisiones reproductivas tambien estan influenciadas por algunas caracteristicas de los lugares en los que viven las personas. Intenciones reproductivas Efectos contextuales Datos submunicipales Milano

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  • Silvia Meggiolaro, 2011. "Do Neighbourhoods Have an Influence on Reproductive Intentions? Empirical Evidence from Milan," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(6), pages 791-807.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:6:p:791-807
    DOI: 10.1080/00343401003713399

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    1. Karsten Hank, 2002. "Regional Social Contexts and Individual Fertility Decisions: A Multilevel Analysis of First and Second Births in Western Germany," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 270, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. David K. Kertzer & Michael White & Laura Bernardi & Giuseppe Gabrielli, 2006. "Italy’s path to very low fertility: the adequacy of economic and second demographic transition theories," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2006-049, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
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