How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain

Coppola, Lucia and Di Cesare, Mariachiara (2008) How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain. Demographic Research, 18. pp. 117-144. ISSN 1435-9871

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate the interrelationships between fertility decisions and union dissolution in Italy and Spain. We argue that there might exist a spurious relationship between these two life trajectories. The analysis is based on the 1996 Fertility and Family Survey data for Italy and Spain. Results show that there is a spurious relationship between fertility and union dissolution in Italy but not in Spain. Nevertheless, in both countries, there is an evident direct effect of each process on the other: union dissolution decreases the risk of further childbearing, while childbirths decrease the risk of union dissolution.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Mariachiara DiCesare
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:06
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 15:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29498
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