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Economic insecurity and fertility intentions: the case of Italy

Francesca Modena (), Concetta Rondinelli () and Fabio Sabatini ()

No 931, Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: Starting from the assumption that economic insecurity is a key factor behind childbearing decisions, we empirically assess how fertility intentions are affected by job instability, which may severely compromise the employment status of workers, and economic disadvantages in terms of household income and wealth. We show that the instability of women�s work status (i.e. the holding of occasional and precarious jobs) significantly postpones maternity decisions for medium/high level income households; the chances of further childbirth are significantly and negatively affected by household income insecurity. Finally, low levels of household wealth influence the decision of having a first child.

Keywords: economic insecurity; income; wealth; fertility; childbearing; employment instability; precarious employment; Italy. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-09
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