Fertility in second unions in Austria:
Findings from the Austrian FFS

Isabella Buber
Alexia Prskawetz

Date Received:06 June 2000
Date Published:17 July 2000

The simultaneity of decreasing fertility and changing family structures in many European countries has led to a growing interest in fertility behaviour in its relation to different family structures. The growing prevalence of higher-order unions (and the consequences for parity progression arising therefrom) is one example of an ongoing change in fertility behaviour. Childbearing is not restricted to a single union but may extend over several partnerships. Fertility behaviour in higher-order unions is becoming more and more important for determining completed fertility. Motivated by the work of [Vikat et al. 1999], we investigate fertility behaviour in second unions in Austria, focusing on whether and how it is influenced by the number of pre-union children of either partner.

Author's affiliation:
Isabella Buber
is with the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Alexia Prskawetz
is with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany;

Table of Contents:
1    Introduction
2    Data and method of analysis
3    Covariates
4    Results
5    Discussion
6    Acknowledgements

Keywords: Austria, fertility, stepfamily, second unions

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1. Introduction

Fertility in second unions in Austria: Findings from the Austrian FFS
Isabella Buber, Alexia Prskawetz
© 2000 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ISSN 1435-9871