Gender equality and fertility intentions revisited: Evidence from Finland

Miettinen, A., Basten, S., & Rotkirch, A. (2011). Gender equality and fertility intentions revisited: Evidence from Finland. Demographic Research 24 (20) 469-496. 10.4054/DemRes.2011.24.20.

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Stimulated by the recent debate on gender roles and men's fertility behaviour (Puur et al. 2008; Westff and Higgins 2009; Goldscheider, Olah and Puur 2010), we present evidence from Finland as a country well into the second phase of the so-called gender revolution. We examine how gender role attitudes relate to childbearing intentions at the onset of family life, intentions to have many (3 or more) children, and high personal fertility ideals among low-parity men and women. Gender equality attitudes are measured for both the public and the domestic sphere and the influence of work and family orientation is controlled for. Finding signs of a U-shaped association among men, we conclude that both traditional and egalitarian attitudes raise men's expected fertility compared to men with intermediate gender attitudes and independently of family values. Among Finnish women the impact of gender attitudes is smaller and more ambiguous.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europe; Fertility; Finland; Gender attitudes; Gender roles; Men
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Demographic Research; 24(Art.20):469-496 (18 March 2011)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:45
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:39

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