Trends in labor market participation and fertility behavior: a first look to the Italian experience in recent
AbstractThe aim of this paper is to analyze the relationship between fertility and labor market participation in the different geographic areas of Italy. Moreover, we wish to explore if the recent economic crisis has affected the Italians fertility behavior. To this purpose we have characterized an economic model of fertility and labor market participation, applying contemporary time series method to aggregate data from Italian regions over the decades 1995-2010.
Results show that the economic recession in the last years has probably influenced the dynamics of fertility because of raising uncertainty about the future, even if in different way in the three areas of the country.
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