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Impact of Different Pathways to Marriage on Fertility

A Comparative Analysis of the GGS Data from Germany and Italy

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This project aims to identify a typology of pathways to marriage and its relation to fertility using data from the German and Italian Generations and Gender Survey (GGS). Marriage and fertility are closely connected in both countries. Most children are raised by married parents. At the same time, Germany and Italy are countries with the lowest fertility in the world. What leads some married couples to parenthood and others not? We assume that one factor could be different paths to marriage (experience of being unmarried before and having other relationships before) leading to different fertility intentions, timing and number of children. Using retrospective data from the German and Italian GGS, transitions in partnership are analysed considering specific conditions.


Naderi, Robert; Dorbritz, Jürgen (2014): Partnerschaftserfahrung und ihr Einfluss auf generatives Verhalten in Deutschland und Italien. In: Bevölkerungsforschung Aktuell 35,1: 2-9


Naderi, Robert (06.02.2013): Impact of Different Pathways to Marriage on Fertility. A Comparative Analysis of the Generations and Gender Survey Data from Germany and Italy. Giornate di Studio sulla Popolazione 2013, Brixen, South Tyrol

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