Intergenerational transmission of fertility timing in Germany

Kathrin Morosow, Heike Trappe

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Abstract

BACKGROUND
Intergenerational transmission of completed fertility is widely confirmed for several societies. Less research, however, has focused on differences in the transmission effect of fertility timing and its underlying mechanisms in a regional context.
OBJECTIVE
The aim of this study is to examine the association between a mother’s age at her daughter’s birth and that daughter’s transition to first birth in eastern and western Germany, as well as its underlying mechanisms.
METHODS
Using data from the German Family Panel (pairfam), the intergenerational transmission of fertility timing between mothers and daughters born between 1971–1973 and 1981– 1983 is investigated using event history analysis. As an alternative to a mother’s age at first birth, a mother’s age at her daughter’s birth is used to determine her daughter’s transition to first birth.
RESULTS
Results show evidence for intergenerational transmission of young childbearing
between mothers and their daughters in eastern and western Germany, though the association was weaker for eastern Germany. This intergenerational transmission effect cannot be explained by the measures used to capture the underlying mechanisms – socialisation, socioeconomic status transmission, and social control.
CONTRIBUTION
Our contribution to the ongoing discussion is to close a gap in research on the
intergenerational transmission of fertility timing. By using the German context to
analyse regional differences, we exemplify the varying strength of the intergenerational transmission of fertility timing between eastern and western Germany that persisted beyond reunification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389
Number of pages1422
JournalDemographic Research
Volume38
Issue number46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Fertility timing
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Germany

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