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EU demographics: living longer and reproducing less

Beets, G.C.N. (2007) EU demographics: living longer and reproducing less. Pharmaceuticals Policy and Law, 9, 29-40. ISSN 1389-2827.

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Nowadays late and low fertility is a European wide phenomenon. A return to the so called ‘fertility replacement level’ is not very likely. However a slightly higher period TFR may appear in the near future when the rise in the age at first birth comes to a halt and when the compatibility of family and work careers has improved. With an eye towards population ageing and towards the wellbeing of individual families with small children it would be advisable to create a ‘perfect welfare state’ in which family and labour market careers are optimally compatible for both partners. In that case not necessarily more children will be born than the partners planned to have initially, however the children might be born at a slightly lower age of the mother, due to the fact that in such a ‘perfect welfare state’ partners do not have to discuss for months and years anymore who provides what family care at what moment. And a switch to a stable or lower age at first birth most likely will result in a (temporary) baby boom followed by a baby bust, like Sweden witnessed in the 1990s.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Ned. Interdisc. Demografisch Instituut (NIDI)
ID Code:3884
Deposited On:04 Mar 2008 01:00
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