MPIDR Working Paper

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

Coppola, L., Di Cesare, M.

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2007-024, 28 Seiten (Juni 2007).
Rostock, Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung

Schlagworte: Italy, Spain, divorce rate, fertility


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 childbirth decreases the risk of union dissolution.