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Fertility, female participation in employment and reconciliation policies in Spain

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Ibanez, Marta

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Corporate Editor University of Edinburgh, Publication and Dissemination Centre (PUDISCwowe)
Abstract Different aspects of decisions regarding parenthood are analysed. From an institutional perspective, reconciliation policies and features of the female labour market are studied, as well as the values and life views that may affect the decision to become a parent. From a micro-perspective, a multivariate model of proportional hazards is created from the 2004-2007 Spanish EU-SILC, where likelihood of pregnancy is analysed according to specific employment, personal, and family situations. Results are not conclusive, because the Hypothesis of Fertility Positive Turn was not confirmed directly for cases with a steadier work status. However, educational level does have a continuous effect, that is, women with university degrees, and especially employed ones, are more likely to become parents.
Keywords Spain; women's employment; woman; labor force participation; parenthood; birth trend; decision; work-family balance; family policy
Classification Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords Fertility; Female employment; Reconciliation policies; Spain; Positive fertility turn; EU-SILC; Proportional hazard regression models
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Edinburgh
Page/Pages 53 p.
Series Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe, REC-WP 13/2010
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications