English title: Family Policy and Fertility Intentions in 21 European Countries

Author(s): Sunnee Billingsley - Tommy Ferrarini -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

Abstract

European countries show substantial variation in family policy and in the extent to which policies support more traditional male-breadwinner or more gender egalitarian earner–carer family arrangements. Using data from the European Social Survey, the authors implemented multilevel models to analyze variation in fertility intentions of 16,000 men and women according to individual-level characteristics and family policy across 21 European countries. Both traditional and earner–carer family support generosity were positively related to first-birth intentions for men and women. In contrast, only earner–carer support maintains its positive relationship with second birth intentions. Family policy is not in general related to third and higher order parity intentions.

Volume: 76

Issue: 2

From page no: 428

To page no: 445

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1111/JOMF.12097

Journal: Journal of Marriage and Family