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Fertility in second unions in Austria: findings from the Austrian FFS

Buber, I., Prskawetz, A.

Demographic Research, 3:2 (2000)

DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2000.3.2

Abstract

The simultaneity of decreasing fertility and changing family structures in many European countries has led to a growing interest in fertility behaviour in its relation to different family structures. The growing prevalence of higher-order unions (and the consequences for parity progression arising therefrom) is one example of an ongoing change in fertility behaviour. Childbearing is not restricted to a single union but may extend over several partnerships. Fertility behaviour in higher-order unions is becoming more and more important for determining completed fertility. Motivated by the work of [Vikat et al. 1999], we investigate fertility behaviour in second unions in Austria, focusing on whether and how it is influenced by the number of pre-union children of either partner. (MAX PLANCK SOCIETY)

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