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Failure to Realize Fertility Intentions: A Key Aspect of the Post-communist Fertility Transition

Zsolt Spéder and Balázs Kapitány

Population Research and Policy Review, 2014, vol. 33, issue 3, 393-418

Abstract: Our paper focuses on the realization of fertility intentions, exploring a new aspect of the post-communist fertility transition. By making use of a follow-up study, it was possible to compare five European countries and to analyze the chances of realizing short-term, time-dependent fertility intentions. There is always a difference between intention and behavior. It is partly due to demographic and social factors, such as age, parity, partnership status, but once these are accounted for, important differences remain between western European and post-communist countries. In the period after the turn of the millennium, chances of realizing intentions are significantly lower in post-communist countries than in western European countries. The lower chance of realization is a consequence of social anomie originating from discrepancy between slow value shift and the increased dynamism of structural changes. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Keywords: Fertility intention; Fertility; Post-communist fertility transition; Longitudinal study in fertility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s11113-013-9313-6

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