December 10, 2014 | Defo News

Have a child – yes or no? Who prevails?

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The new issue (Nr. 4/2014) of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand", the popular science newsletter with latest research results from demography, has been released. (The Newsletter is available in German only.)

Topics of the 4/2014 issue:

1. What factors affect marital stability?
The greater the cultural and social differences between partners, the higher the risk of divorce.

Marriages between Germans and immigrants have steadily increased in number over recent years. They are often taken as evidence of successful integration. Some studies indicate, however, that bi-national marriages are less stable than conjugal unions between partners of the same nationality. A new study now for the first time sheds light on the situation in Germany.

2. Academic women are having more children
Highly-qualified women benefit most from parental leave in terms of income and fertility

More money for families and higher birthrates – these were two of the objectives of the parental leave scheme introduced in 2007. Taking stock of the situation today, families with babies are indeed financially better off than before the reform. But it is the older, highly-educated mothers who benefit most. And they constitute the only group that sees rising birth rates.

3. Have a child – yes or no? Who prevails?
Having the first child – the man’s view is decisive; having the second – the woman’s view prevails

Biologically, it is in the hands of women to decide how many children they want to have. But do women actually make full use of that advantage? Or is it in the end men who decide which way to go by being for or against it?

"Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" is a joint publication of the Max Planck Institute for demographic Research (MPIDR), the Rostocker Zentrum zur Erforschung des Demografischen Wandels (RZ), the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital and the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB). The newsletter is released four times a year and is available electronically and as a printed version and is free of charge.

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