Fertility and Well-Being

At a Glance Projects Publications Team

Research Area

Fertility and Economic Uncertainty

The post-communist crisis and the recent global recession have spurred research on the multifaceted dimensions through which economic and political uncertainty is linked to fertility outcomes. Projects in this research area aim to contribute to this discussion along several dimensions. One focus is on placing the recent findings in a long-term comparative perspective by contrasting them with evidence on the impact of other crises over the last 100 years. In using this approach, we seek to obtain a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences in the impact of specific crises on fertility and to identify potential trend patterns in how the effects of economic uncertainty on fertility outcomes by age, parity, social status, and other aspects have shifted over time and contexts. Another emphasis is on comparing the fertility responses in different regions of Central and Eastern Europe that experienced political and economic crises of varying intensities. A third focal point is to study different dimensions of economic uncertainty, which are difficult to disentangle. This includes identifying the varying effects of structural economic crises versus short-term economic fluctuations and looking at how couples cope if one partner or both of the partners face varying levels of economic uncertainty.

Research Keywords:

Fertility Development

Region keywords:

Europe, OECD countries

Projects of this Research Area

Long-Term Perspectives on Crisis and Fertility Project details
The Couple Dimension of Economic Precariousness (Dissertation) Project details
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.