Quotation Fent, Thomas, Aparicio Diaz, Belinda, Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Alexia. 2013. Family policies in the context of low fertility and social structure. Demographic Research 29 (37), 963-998.




Objective: In this paper we investigate the effectiveness of family policies in the context of the social structure of a population. Methods: We use an agent-based model to analyse the impact of policies on individual fertility decisions and on fertility at the aggregate level. The crucial features of our model are the interactions between family policies and social structure, the agents' heterogeneity, and the structure and influence of the social network. This modelling framework allows us to disentangle the direct effect (the alleviation of resource constraints) from the indirect effect (the diffusion of fertility intentions via social ties) of family policies. Results: Our results indicate that family policies have a positive and significant impact on fertility. In addition, the specific characteristics of the social network and social effects do not only relate to fertility, but also influence the effectiveness of family policies. Conclusions: Family policies can only be successful if they are designed to take into account the characteristics of the society in which they are implemented.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Demographic Research
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Family policies in the context of low fertility and social structure
Volume 29
Number 37
Year 2013
Page from 963
Page to 998
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol29/37/
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2013.29.37


Fent, Thomas (Details)
Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Alexia (Details)
Aparicio Diaz, Belinda (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Austria)
Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital SO (Details)
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