MPIDR Working Paper
Who is relevant? Exploring fertility relevant social networks
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2009-001, 20 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (January 2009)
Based on the analysis of qualitative interviews in western Germany we argue that social relationships have a strong impact on individuals´ and couples´ fertility intentions and behavior. We identify relevant others and mechanisms of influences. The core family is an important factor of influences but we are also able to show that social relationships beyond the core family of parents and siblings need to be considered when taking social influence on the family formation of individuals into account.
Keywords: Germany, fertility, influence, social network