MPIDR Working Paper

Employment careers and the timing of first births in East Germany

Kreyenfeld, M. R.

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2000-004 (März 2000).
Rostock, Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung

This working paper has now been published under the title "Changes in the timing of first birth in East Germany after re-unification". It is available at Schmollers Jahrbuch - Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, 120 (2): 169-186


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)