Having Children Anyway? How Uncertainty about Individuals’ Employment Situation and Relationship Commitment Affects Personal Decisions about Childbearing in Germany
Annina T. Hering
Family relations and working life have changed in recent decades. Cohabitation has become an alternative to marriage, and the proportion of births to unmarried mothers and fathers has increased to over one third. Together with loosened family structures, a liberalization and deregulation of employment relations can be observed. Precarious working conditions have become common features of contemporary working practices. Against this background, this project examines the following questions. Does the uncertainty around relationships and employment affect fertility behavior? What roles do the different spheres of life have? Are there differences and similarities that influence choices in starting or expanding families? The project draws on survey data to analyze the stage of life in which people start and expand a family. Based on the investigator’s PhD project, this postdoctoral project focuses on publishing the findings in a book and journal articles. Project duration: October 2016 to September 2017.