I Would if I Could: Precarious Employment and Childbearing Intentions in Italy
Francesca Modena () and
Fabio Sabatini ()
No 1013, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia
This paper carries out an investigation into the socio-economic determinants of childbearing decisions made by couples in Italy. The analysis accounts for the characteristics of both possible parents. Our results do not support established theoretical predictions according to which the increase in the opportunity cost of motherhood connected to higher female labour participation is responsible for the fall in fertility. On the contrary, the instability of womenï¿½s work status (i.e. having occasional, precarious, and low-paid positions) is revealed as a significant dissuasive factor in the decision to have children. Couples in which there is an unemployed woman are less likely to plan childbearing as well. Other relevant explanatory variables are womenï¿½s age, menï¿½s work status and education, womenï¿½s citizenship, marital status and perceived economic wellbeing.
Keywords: Fertility; family planning; parenthood; childbearing; participation; job instability; precarious employment; Italy. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: I would if I could: precarious employment and childbearing intentions in Italy (2012)
Working Paper: I Would if I Could: Precarious Employment and Childbearing Intentions in Italy (2010)
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