Perpetual Postponers? Women’s, Men’s and Couples’ Fertility Intentions and Subsequent Fertility Behaviour. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 28pp.
(S3RI Applications and Policy Working Papers, A04/09).
In this paper data from the British Household Panel Study are used to analyse gender differences in fertility intentions, and the correspondence between fertility intentions and subsequent fertility behaviour. By exploiting couple-level data, we examine whether partners have conflicting preferences for future fertility. Focusing on women who remain childless in their thirties we look at socio-demographic factors related to the intention to remain childless, or to start a family later on in life. By following up women over time, the characteristics of women who go on to have a child later on in life are considered. The importance of having a partner and the fertility intention of that partner in predicting whether a birth will occur are also examined.
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