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Didn’t Plan One but got One

Autor(en)
Zuzanna Brzozowska, Isabella Buber-Ennser, Bernhard Riederer
Abstrakt

The realisation rates of short-term childbearing intentions are known to be consistently lower in post-socialist countries than in the rest of Europe. However, the East–West differences in the outcomes of intentions to postpone or forego (further) childbearing have not been previously examined. We employ two panel waves of the Generations and Gender Survey in six countries (three from Eastern and three from Western Europe), and, based on the short- and long-term fertility intentions expressed by respondents at the first survey wave, we classify the births occurring between two waves as intended, sooner-than-intended, or unintended. We find that in our study population of non-teenage respondents who had the same partner at both survey waves and a child between the two survey waves, between around 10% (Western European countries) and 30% (Eastern European countries) experienced an unintended or a sooner-than-intended birth. The East–West divide is largely driven by the share of unintended parents which is clearly higher in the post-socialist countries. However, the geographical pattern fades away once we control for the anticipated costs of having a child. Our study gives insight into East–West differences in attitudes to childbearing and into how they affect reproductive behaviour. It also offers methodological improvements of cross-national panel surveys designed to examine childbearing intentions that would allow for a more accurate assessment of childbearing intendedness.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Soziologie
Externe Organisation(en)
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW)
Journal
European Journal of Population
Band
37
Seiten
727–767
Anzahl der Seiten
41
ISSN
0168-6577
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10680-021-09584-2
Publikationsdatum
07-2021
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
504006 Demographie, 504011 Familienforschung
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Demography, Sociology and Political Science
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https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/didnt-plan-one-but-got-one(e2323709-97ef-4f29-94c5-5b0bdb60c679).html