March 29, 2022 | Defo News

Having Children – Just a Matter of Money?

The new issue (No. 1/2022) 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.

"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 topics of the new issue are:

1. Having children – just a matter of money?
Social and financial barriers to fertility treatment

(Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change)

A study by the University of Rostock shows that around 13% of those aged over 25 have problems conceiving a child during reproductive age. But whether men and women seek medical help depends on their income and partnership status, among other things.

2. Education promotes health
Country rankings: Schools play a role in the length of healthy lifespan

(Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital)

Having a good education increases life expectancy and makes for a longer healthy life. This is just as true for individuals as it is for countries. So, how good a health care system or how healthy the food culture is in a country only partially explains differences in healthy lifespans.

3. Less commuting, less pay
For mothers, switching to a job closer to home often means a big drop in pay

(Federal Institute for Population Research)

There are many reasons for the large income differences between mothers and fathers in Germany. One correlation rarely studied so far seems to be especially relevant: After first childbirth, mothers often switch to a job closer to home and thus have to accept income losses of 30% on average.

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