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Out-Of-Partnership Births in East and West Germany

Uwe Jirjahn and Cornelia Struewing
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Cornelia Struewing: University of Trier

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Cornelia Chadi

No 12234, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), we show that single women in East Germany are significantly more likely to give birth to a child than single women in West Germany. This applies to both planned and unplanned births. Our analysis provides no evidence that the difference between East and West Germany can be explained by economic factors or the higher availability of child care in East Germany. This suggests that the difference in out-of-partnership births is rather driven by behavioral and cultural differences. However, these behavioral and cultural differences do not only reflect different gender role models that evolved under the former communist regime in East Germany and the democratic one in West Germany. Partly, they also reflect a long historical divide that predates the 1945 separation of Germany.

Keywords: West Germany; East Germany; culture; gender role models; unpartnered birth; politico-economic systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J13 P20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 48 pages
Date: 2019-03
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