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Some theoretical and methodological comments on the impact of policies on fertility

  • Anne H. Gauthier
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    Theoretically, and for reasons that I will shortly summarise in this presentation, there are strong reasons to expect policies to have a positive impact on fertility. Empirically, however, the evidence regarding the potential impact of policies of fertility is less clear cut. While numerous studies do indeed show a positive impact of policies, there is no consensus regarding the actual magnitude of the impact, nor about its short- or medium-term nature (Gauthier 2007). What I want to do in this presentation is consequently to reflect on the results from empirical studies by raising a number of theoretical and methodological issues.

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    Article provided by Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna in its journal Vienna Yearbook of Population Research.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 25-28

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    Handle: RePEc:vid:yearbk:v:6:y:2008:i:1:p:25-28
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    1. Maria Romano & Dario Bruzzese, 2007. "Fathers–participation in the domestic activities of everyday life," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 84(1), pages 97-116, October.
    2. Anne Gauthier, 2007. "The impact of family policies on fertility in industrialized countries: a review of the literature," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, vol. 26(3), pages 323-346, June.
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