Childlessness in Europe: contexts, causes, and consequences

Kreyenfeld, M. R., Konietzka, D. (Eds.)
TitleDemographic research monographs 13
XI, 370 pages. Dordrecht, Springer (2017)
Open Access
Keywords: Europe

Full Text




Part I Childlessness in Europe: An Overview

Analyzing Childlessness
Michaela Kreyenfeld and Dirk Konietzka

Childlessness in Europe: Reconstructing Long-Term Trends Among Women Born in 1900–1972
Tomáš Sobotka

Part II Country Studies

Childlessness in the UK
Ann Berrington

Childlessness in France
Katja Köppen, Magali Mazuy, and Laurent Toulemon

Childlessness in East and West Germany: Long-Term Trends and Social Disparities
Michaela Kreyenfeld and Dirk Konietzka

Childlessness in Switzerland and Austria
Marion Burkimsher and Kryštof Zeman

Childlessness in Finland
Anna Rotkirch and Anneli Miettinen

Childlessness in the United States
Tomas Frejka

Part III Women’s Education and Childlessness

Education and Childlessness: The Influence of Educational Field and Educational Level on Childlessness among Swedish and Austrian Women
Gerda Neyer, Jan M. Hoem, and Gunnar Andersson

Childlessness and Fertility Dynamics of Female Higher Education Graduates in Germany
Hildegard Schaeper, Michael Grotheer, and Gesche Brandt

Part IV Fertility Ideals, Biographical Decisions and Assisted Reproduction

Fertility Ideals of Women and Men Across the Life Course
Anne-Kristin Kuhnt, Michaela Kreyenfeld, and Heike Trappe

Childless at Age 30: A Qualitative Study of the Life Course Plans of Working Women in East and West Germany
Laura Bernardi and Sylvia Keim

Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Germany: A Review of the Current Situation
Heike Trappe

Assisted Reproductive Technology in Europe: Usage and Regulation in the Context of Cross-Border Reproductive Care
Patrick Präg and Melinda C. Mills

Part V Consequences of Childlessness

What’s a (Childless) Man Without a Woman? The Differential Importance of Couple Dynamics for the Wellbeing of Childless Men and Women in the Netherlands
Renske Keizer and Katya Ivanova

Fertility and Women’s Old-Age Income in Germany
Tatjana Mika and Christin Czaplicki

Childlessness and Intergenerational Transfers in Later Life
Marco Albertini and Martin Kohli


The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.