Fertility and Well-Being

Research Area

Fertility and Economic Uncertainty

Keywords: Fertility Development

The recent global recession has spurred research on the multifaceted dimensions through which economic uncertainty is linked to fertility outcomes. Projects in this research area aim to contribute to this discussion along several dimensions. One focus is on placing the recent findings in a long-term comparative perspective by contrasting them with evidence on the impact of other crises over the last 100 years. Using this approach, we seek to obtain a deeper understanding of the similarities and the differences in the impact of specific crises on fertility; and to identify potential trend patterns in how the effects of economic uncertainty on fertility outcomes by age, parity, social status, and other aspects have shifted over time and contexts. Another focus is on studying different dimensions of economic uncertainty, which are difficult to disentangle. This includes identifying the varying effects of structural economic crises vs. short-term economic fluctuations, and looking at how couples cope if one or both of the partner face varying levels of economic uncertainty.

Projects of this Research Area:

  • Long-term Perspectives on Economic Crisis and Fertility Project details
  • Changes in Fertility and Marriage in Western Balkan Countries since 1980 Project details
  • Unemployment and Fertility – Structural Conditions vs. Short-term Variations Project details
  • The Couple Dimension of Economic Precariousness (Dissertation) Project details