Quotation Beaujouan, Eva, Solaz, Anne. 2019. Is the Family Size of Parents and Children Still Related? Revisiting the Cross-Generational Relationship Over the Last Century. Demography. 56 (2), 595-619.


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In most developed countries, the fertility levels of parents and children are positively correlated. This article analyzes the strength of the intergenerational transmission of family size over the last century, including a focus on this reproduction in large and small families. Using the large-scale French Family Survey (2011), we show a weak but significant correlation of approximately 0.12–0.15, which is comparable with levels in other Western countries. It is stronger for women than men, with a gender convergence across cohorts. A decrease in intergenerational transmission is observed across birth cohorts regardless of whether socioeconomic factors are controlled, supporting the idea that the family of origin has lost implicit and explicit influence on fertility choices. As parents were adopting the two-child family norm, the number of siblings lost its importance for having two children, but it continues to explain lower parity and, above all, three-child families. This suggests that the third child has increasingly become an “extra child” (beyond the norm) favored by people from large families.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Demography
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-B
Language English
Title Is the Family Size of Parents and Children Still Related? Revisiting the Cross-Generational Relationship Over the Last Century
Volume 56
Number 2
Year 2019
Page from 595
Page to 619
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13524-019-00767-5#Bib1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-019-00767-5
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs13524-019-00767-5.pdf

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Beaujouan, Eva (Details)
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Solaz, Anne (Institut national d'études démographiques (INED), France)
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Demography Group AB (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
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