Volume 3 - Article 2

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

By Isabella Buber-Ennser, Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

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Date received:06 Jun 2000
Date published:17 Jul 2000
Word count:9344
Keywords:Austria, fertility, second unions, stepfamily


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-Ennser - Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU), Austria [Email]
Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz - Technische Universität Wien, Austria [Email]

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