Social classes and recent fertility behaviour in Europe

Working paper n°: 141

Unit: Population Dynamics and Health

Author(s): Teodora Maksimovic, Marco Albertini, Letizia Mencarini, Giorgio Piccitto

Year: 2021

The association between social classes and fertility behaviour remains undertheorized as the literature focused mostly on the differentials in education and income levels as determinants of fertility behaviour. By using data from the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), which for many countries combine a cross-sectional and a longitudinal component, we aim at filling this gap in the literature. Hence, we first explore the association between social classes and fertility behaviour and the extent to which this association is moderated by education and income. Secondly, we consider how this association varies by parity. Results underline the role of social class in affecting individuals’ fertility, over and above education and income.


Teodora Maksimovic, Bocconi University - teodora.maksimovic@unibocconi.it  

Marco Albertini, University of Bologna - marco.albertini2@unibo.it

Letizia Mencarini, Bocconi University - letizia.mencarini@unibocconi.it

Giorgio Piccitto, Bocconi University - giorgio.piccitto@unibocconi.it




Language: English

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