European Studies of Population

Interdependencies Between Fertility and Women's Labour Supply

Authors: Matysiak, Anna

  • Developing measures of potential work-family tensions imposed by the macro-context
  • Ranking EU member states according to the conditions for work and family reconciliation 
  • Systematising and assessing the micro-level evidence on women’s employment and fertility
  • Proposing an analytical approach for studying women’s employment and fertility behaviours
  • Extending discussion on women’s employment and fertility to post-socialist countries
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The book explores interlinkages between women’s employment and fertility at both a macro- and a micro-level in EU member states, Norway and Switzerland. Similarly as many other studies on the topic, it refers to the cross-country variation in the macro-context for explaining  cross-country differences in women’s labour supply and fertility levels. However, in contrast to other studies, which mainly focus on Western Europe, it extends the discussion to Central and Eastern European countries. Furthermore, it looks at the macro-context from a multi-dimensional perspective, indicating its four dimensions as relevant for fertility and women’s employment choices: economic (living standards), institutional (family policies), structural (labour market structures), and cultural (social norms). A unique feature of the study is the development of indices that measure the intensity of institutional, structural, and cultural incompatibilities between women’s employment and fertility. These indices are used for ranking European countries from the perspective of the country-specific conditions for work and family reconciliation. A country where these conditions are the worst, but where women are additionally perceived as important income providers, is picked up for an in-depth empirical study of the interrelationship between fertility and women’s employment choices.

Finally, against the review of theoretical concepts predominantly used for studying interdependencies between fertility and women’s labour supply the book assesses the micro-level empirical studies available on the topic and proposes an analytical approach for modelling the two variables. Thereby, it also contributes to methodological developments in the field.

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From the book reviews:

“This book is a major contribution to demographic and comparative social-science research and goes beyond the mere field of fertility and women’s labor supply. … The book is also written in a very lucid style, which makes it easy to follow Matysiak’s theoretical and methodological explanations and arguments. The book is, therefore, very useful and stimulating not only for researchers, but also for students and teachers.” (Gerda Neyer, European Journal of Population, Vol. 30, 2014)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Matysiak, Anna

    Pages 1-13

  • Developments in Fertility and Women’s Labour Supply in Europe

    Matysiak, Anna

    Pages 15-41

  • Fertility and Women’s Labour Supply: Theoretical Considerations

    Matysiak, Anna

    Pages 43-61

  • Macro-Context and Its Cross-Country Variation

    Matysiak, Anna

    Pages 63-88

  • Macro-context and the Cross-Country Variation in the Micro-level Relationship Between Fertility and Women’s Employment

    Matysiak, Anna

    Pages 89-109

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interdependencies Between Fertility and Women's Labour Supply
Authors
Series Title
European Studies of Population
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1284-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1284-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1283-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3646-7
Series ISSN
1381-3579
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 184
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