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Does union formation change attitudes towards childbearing in Bulgaria? A propensity score analysis

Does union formation change attitudes towards childbearing in Bulgaria? A propensity score analysis
Does union formation change attitudes towards childbearing in Bulgaria? A propensity score analysis
This paper explores how attitudes towards childbearing change after cohabitation and marriage. Entering in a union may affect attitudes towards childbearing, but at the same time individuals who are more oriented towards childbearing may be more determined to form unions. In order to disentangle the interplay between union formation and subsequent changes in attitudes towards childbearing we implement propensity score matching, which is applied to a panel data coming from a survey in Bulgaria to identify the effect of union formation on attitudes related to childbearing. This method controls for observable confounders which may affect both the probability of entering into a union and childbearing preferences, reducing selection bias. We find a positive and significant causal relationship of entering into union on attitudes towards parenthood among men, whereas the effect is weaker and often uncertain for women.
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Carioli, Alessandra
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Sironi, Emiliano
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Carioli, Alessandra
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Sironi, Emiliano
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Carioli, Alessandra and Sironi, Emiliano (2020) Does union formation change attitudes towards childbearing in Bulgaria? A propensity score analysis. Advances in Life Course Research, 46, [100356]. (doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2020.100356).

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This paper explores how attitudes towards childbearing change after cohabitation and marriage. Entering in a union may affect attitudes towards childbearing, but at the same time individuals who are more oriented towards childbearing may be more determined to form unions. In order to disentangle the interplay between union formation and subsequent changes in attitudes towards childbearing we implement propensity score matching, which is applied to a panel data coming from a survey in Bulgaria to identify the effect of union formation on attitudes related to childbearing. This method controls for observable confounders which may affect both the probability of entering into a union and childbearing preferences, reducing selection bias. We find a positive and significant causal relationship of entering into union on attitudes towards parenthood among men, whereas the effect is weaker and often uncertain for women.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 May 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 June 2020
Published date: 1 December 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 446577
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/446577
ISSN: 1040-2608
PURE UUID: 274a0195-761d-42b5-b3b7-220b1ec4accb

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Date deposited: 15 Feb 2021 17:31
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 10:29

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Author: Alessandra Carioli
Author: Emiliano Sironi

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