Changes in employment uncertainty and the fertility intention-realization link: An analysis based on the Swiss household panel
|Title||Changes in employment uncertainty and the fertility intention-realization link: An analysis based on the Swiss household panel|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Hanappi, D, Ryser, V-A, Bernardi, L, Le Goff, J-M|
|Journal||European Journal of Population|
|Keywords||employment uncertainty, fertility intentions, gender, life course, panel data, Switzerland|
How do changes in employment uncertainty matter for fertility? Empirical studies on the impact of employment uncertainty on reproductive decision-making offer a variety of conclusions, ranging from gender and socio-economic differences in the effect of employment uncertainty on fertility intentions and behaviour, to the effect of employment on changes in fertility intentions. This article analyses the association between a change in subjective employment uncertainty and fertility intentions and behaviour by distinguishing male and female partners’ employment uncertainty, and examines the variation in these associations by education. Using a sample of men and women living in a couple from the Swiss Household Panel (SHP 2002–2011), we examine through multinomial analysis how changes in employment uncertainty and selected socio-demographic factors are related to individual childbearing decisions. Our results show strong gendered effects of changes in employment uncertainty on the revision of reproductive decisions among the highly educated population.