Economic Precariousness and the Transition to Parenthood: A Dynamic and Multidimensional Approach

Daniel C. van Wijk*, Helga A. G. de Valk, Aart C. Liefbroer

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Economic precariousness has taken on a central role in explanations of the postponement of childbearing in developed societies. However, most studies conceptualize and operationalize precariousness as being static and one-dimensional, which provides only a partial perspective on the links between precariousness and fertility. In this paper, we study precariousness as a dynamic and multidimensional concept, distinguishing between past and current precariousness as well as between precariousness relating to income and to employment. Analyses are based on Dutch full-population register data. We select all inhabitants of the Netherlands who left education in 2006 and follow them until 2018. Event history analyses show that current and past income and employment precariousness all have independent negative effects on the first birth rate for men. Current and past employment precariousness and past income precariousness also reduce the first birth rate for women, but current income precariousness increases women's probability of first conception. When precariousness is both persistent and multidimensional, it is associated with a threefold decrease in the monthly probability of conceiving a first child for men and almost a halving of the probability for women. Our analyses show the need for going beyond static and one-dimensional analyses in order to understand how economic precariousness may affect fertility behaviour.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)457–483
Aantal pagina's27
TijdschriftEuropean journal of population-Revue europeenne de demographie
Vroegere onlinedatum20-apr.-2022
StatusPublished - aug.-2022

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