Volume 20 - Article 27 | Pages 657-692

The one-child family: France in the European context

By Didier Breton, France Prioux

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Date received:18 Nov 2008
Date published:09 Jun 2009
Word count:10322
Keywords:Europe, France, Generations and Gender Survey (GGS), low fertility, multivariate analysis, parity progression ratios


This paper observes the change since the 1970s in the proportion of men and women having only one child during their reproductive life, and examines their sociodemographic characteristics. The aim is to explore the significant variables of the complement of the parity progression ratio from first to second birth (1-A1). First, we present the theories, findings and results relating to the single-child family model in Europe. Then, we perform a multivariate analysis with the dependent variable of the model being the fact of not having had a second child ten years after the birth of a first child in stable unions.

Author's Affiliation

Didier Breton - Université de Strasbourg, France [Email]
France Prioux - Institut national d´études démographiques (INED), France [Email]

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