MPIDR Working Paper
How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2007-024, 28 pages.
Rostock, Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung (Juni 2007)
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.
Schlagwörter: Italien, Spanien, divorce rate, fertility