Quotation Testa, Maria Rita. 2003. The emergence of sub-replacement family size ideals in Europe. Population Research and Policy Review 22 (5-6): S. 479-496.




Period fertility started to drop significantly below replacement in most Western European countries during the 1970s and 1980s, while most fertility surveys, value studies and opinion polls have found that the number of children considered ideal for society or for one's own family has remained above two children per woman. These surveys have led to the expectation that, sooner or later, period fertility would recover in Europe. The most recent data from the Eurobarometer 2001 survey, however, suggest that in the German-speaking parts of Europe the average ideal family sizes given by younger men and women have fallen as low as 1.7 children. This paper examines the consistency and the credibility of these new findings, which – if they are indeed indications of a new trend – may alter the current discussion about future fertility trends in Europe.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Population Research and Policy Review
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title The emergence of sub-replacement family size ideals in Europe
Volume 22
Number 5-6
Year 2003
Page from 479
Page to 496
Reviewed? Y
URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FB%3APOPU.0000020962.80895.4a
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:POPU.0000020962.80895.


Testa, Maria Rita (Former researcher)
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