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Why do people postpone parenthood? Reasons and social policy incentives

Mills, Melinda; Ronald, Rindfuss; McDonald, Peter; te Velde, Egbert


Background: Never before have parents in most Western societies had their first children as late as in recent decades. What are the central reasons for postponement? What is known about the link between the delay of childbearing and social policy incentives to counter these trends? This review engages in a systematic analysis of existing evidence to extract the maximum amount of knowledge about the reasons for birth postponement and the effectiveness of social policy incentives. Methods: The...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Human Reproduction Update
DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmr026


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