How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain

Coppola, Lucia and Di Cesare, Mariachiara ORCID logoORCID: (2008) How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain. Demographic Research, 18 , 4. pp. 117-144. ISSN 1435-9871 [Article] (doi:10.4054/demres.2008.18.4)

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In this paper we investigate the interrelationships between fertility decisions and union dissolution in Italy and Spain. We argue that there might exist a spurious relationship between these two life trajectories. The analysis is based on the 1996 Fertility and Family Survey data for Italy and Spain. Results show that there is a spurious relationship between fertility and union dissolution in Italy but not in Spain. Nevertheless, in both countries, there is an evident direct effect of each process on the other: union dissolution decreases the risk of further childbearing, while childbirths decrease the risk of union dissolution.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 24077
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