Special Collection 3 - Article 8 | Pages 177-212

Women’s Labor Force Attachment and Childbearing in Finland

By Andres Vikat

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Date received:04 Dec 2003
Date published:17 Apr 2004
Word count:8287
Keywords:education, employment, family policy, fertility, fertility determinants, Finland, unemployment
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2004.S3.8
 

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of women’s economic activity, earnings and take-up of child home care allowance on childbearing, using a ten percent sample from a longitudinal register data set that covers the entire female population of reproductive age in Finland in 1988-2000. Results show that a woman’s economic activity and income were positively correlated with entry into motherhood and to a lesser extent with having a second child. This supports the notion of a common pattern of this relationship in the Nordic countries. In the light of Finland’s rollercoaster economic development in the 1990s, the effects of a change in female population composition by economic characteristics on the fertility trend were small.

Author's Affiliation

Andres Vikat - UN Economic Commission for Europe, Switzerland [Email]

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