publication . Article . 2012

Fertility in Austria, Germany and Switzerland:
Is there a Common Pattern?

Tomáš Sobotka;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2012 Journal: Comparative Population Studies (issn: 1869-8980, eissn: 1869-8999, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Federal Institute for Population Research
Abstract
This article reviews major similarities and differences in period and cohort fertility in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. These three countries share a long history of low fertility and currently belong to countries with the lowest cohort fertility rates globally. The study highlights persistent differences in fertility and family patterns between Eastern and Western Germany, which are often rooted in pre-unification contrasts and can be partly linked to continuing differences in institutional set-up and norms on organised childcare, living arrangements and maternal employment. The remarkable stability in period fertility over the last 30 years (with the excep...
Subjects
free text keywords: Fertility, Family, Childlessness, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology, HT101-395, City population. Including children in cities, immigration, HT201-221, Demography. Population. Vital events, HB848-3697
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