Agency in Fertility Decisions in Western Europe During the Demographic Transition: A Comparative Perspective

  title={Agency in Fertility Decisions in Western Europe During the Demographic Transition: A Comparative Perspective},
  author={David Sven Reher and Glenn Sandstr{\"o}m and Alberto Sanz-Gimeno and Frans W. A. van Poppel},
We use a set of linked reproductive histories taken from Sweden, the Netherlands, and Spain for the period 1871–1960 to address key issues regarding how reproductive change was linked specifically to mortality and survivorship and more generally to individual agency. Using event-history analysis, this study investigates how the propensity to have additional children was influenced by the number of surviving offspring when reproductive decisions were made. The results suggest that couples were… CONTINUE READING
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