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Employment careers and the timing of first births in East Germany

  • Michaela Kreyenfeld

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

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    When German unification was accompanied by a rapid decline in aggregate fertility rates, researchers particularly assigned high unemployment rates a dominant role for changes in fertility behavior. The aim of this paper is twofold. First, we investigate changes in the timing of first birth in East Germany after unification. Using data from the SOEP, we show that even after unification East Germans are younger at first birth than their West German counterparts. Second, we investigate the relationship between male and female unemployment and first birth risks. A major result is that female unemployment fosters the transition into parenthood in East Germany. (AUTHORS)

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its series MPIDR Working Papers with number WP-2000-004.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2000-004
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    1. Erika Schulz & Gert Wagner & James Witte, 1993. "Gegenwärtiger Geburtenrückgang in Ostdeutschland läßt mittelfristig einen "Babyboom" erwarten," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 83, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Elke Holst & Jürgen Schupp, 1996. "Erwerbstätigkeit von Frauen in Ost- und Westdeutschland weiterhin von steigender Bedeutung," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 63(28), pages 461-469.
    3. Witte, James C. & Wagner, Gert G., 1995. "Declining Fertility in East Germany After Unification: A Demographic Response to Socioeconomic Change," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 387-397.
    4. Elke Holst & Jürgen Schupp, 1995. "Aspekte der Arbeitsmarktentwicklung in Ostdeutschland: berufliche Aufstiege vorwiegend von Männern verwirklicht, öffentlicher Dienst bislang wichtiger Stabilisator für die Beschäftigung von Frauen," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 62(23), pages 401-410.
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