Volume 18 - Article 4 | Pages 117–144
How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain
|Date received:||15 Apr 2005|
|Date published:||18 Mar 2008|
|Keywords:||fertility, Italy, Spain, union dissolution|
In this paper we investigate the interrelationships between fertility decisions and union dissolution in Italy and Spain. We argue that there might exist a spurious relationship between these two life trajectories. The analysis is based on the 1996 Fertility and Family Survey data for Italy and Spain. Results show that there is a spurious relationship between fertility and union dissolution in Italy but not in Spain. Nevertheless, in both countries, there is an evident direct effect of each process on the other: union dissolution decreases the risk of further childbearing, while childbirths decrease the risk of union dissolution.
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