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Fertility and Well-Being

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The early 21st century presents us with vast variation in fertility patterns around the globe. However, we also witness a number of regularities across many human societies. Fertility postponement is occurring in high-income as well as in many middle- and low-income countries. In most high-income countries, the era of low or lowest-low fertility seems to have come to an end, but there is substantial variation in how populations have departed from this era. Many societies are facing social polarization that affects family formation and fertility differentials by social status. At the same time, the long-standing negative relationship between fertility and development seems to be subject to shifts. At high levels of development, we witness signs of attenuation or reversal of this relationship. Males are increasingly involved in childrearing in some parts of the world, though gender questions remain an issue where perceptions vary widely across global societies.Detailed description

 

Selected Publications

LAPPEGÅRD, T.; KLÜSENER, S.; VIGNOLI, D.:
Why are marriage and family formation increasingly disconnected across Europe? A multi-level perspective on existing theories
Population, Space and Place Early View (2017).

NISÉN, J.; MARTIKAINEN, P.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.; SILVENTOINEN, K.:
Education, other socioeconomic characteristics across the life course and fertility among Finnish men
European Journal of Population (2017). Forthcoming.

PIFFARE I AROLAS, H.:
A cohort perspective of the effect of unemployment on fertility
Journal of Population Economics 30:4, 1211-1239 (2017).

BARCLAY, K. J.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
Advanced maternal age and offspring outcomes: reproductive aging and counterbalancing period trends
Population and Development Review 42:1, 69-94 (2016).

MYRSKYLÄ, M.; MARGOLIS, R.:
Happiness: before and after the kids
Demography 51:5, 1843-1866 (2014).

More Information

June 1, 2017 | PRESS RELEASE
Mother´s age doesn´t matter
New MPIDR study: A mother’s advanced age at childbirth is not the reason for the elevated risks of low birth weight or preterm birth, but may instead be related to individual circumstances and behavioral patterns of the mother. more

 

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