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Emancipation or child benefits? What Germany’s new family policy has learned from other European countries

Emanzipation oder Kindergeld? Was die neue Familienpolitik Deutschlands von anderen europäischen Ländern gelernt hat
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Kröhnert, Steffen; Klingholz, Reiner

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Corporate Editor Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung
Abstract "The present analysis compares the social conditions for different fertility rates in the nations of western Europe based on an array of socioeconomic indicators. It shows clearly that the traditionally negative correlation between wealth and social development on the one hand and fertility on the other no longer holds once a society has reached a certain level of development. Today more children are born in the countries with the most advanced social systems in regard to gender equality. Based on this result, we propose to discuss the problem of low-fertility countries from a different point of view. Neither child benefits nor other sources of financial aid appear to motivate people in modern industrial societies to have more children. What is far more crucial is equality of men and women in society." (author's abstract)
Keywords emancipation; woman; child benefit; family policy; women's policy; advancement of women; affirmative action; work-family balance; family work; birth trend; declining birth rate; childlessness; number of children; socioeconomic factors; prosperity; transfer payments; equality of rights; Federal Republic of Germany; Europe
Classification Family Policy, Youth Policy, Policy on the Elderly; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies; Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Berlin
Page/Pages 30 p.
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
data provider This metadata entry was indexed by the Special Subject Collection Social Sciences, USB Cologne