Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Aart C. Liefbroer, Jane E. Klobas, Dimiter Philipov, Icek Ajzen
    Pages 1-15
  3. Olivier Thévenon
    Pages 17-39
  4. Jane E. Klobas, Icek Ajzen
    Pages 41-78
  5. Laura Bernardi, Monika Mynarska, Clémentine Rossier
    Pages 113-139
  6. Aart C. Liefbroer, Eva-Maria Merz, Maria Rita Testa
    Pages 141-163
  7. Dimiter Philipov, Jane E. Klobas, Aart C. Liefbroer
    Pages 165-178

About this book


This book provides new insights into the significant gap that currently exists between desired and actual fertility in Europe. It examines how people make decisions about having children and demonstrates how the macro-level environment affects micro-level decision-making.

Written by an international team of leading demographers and psychologists, the book presents the theoretical and methodological developments of a three-year, European Commission-funded project named REPRO (Reproductive Decision-Making in a Macro-Micro Perspective). It also provides an overview of the research conducted by REPRO researchers both during and after the project.

The book examines fertility intentions from quantitative and qualitative perspectives, demonstrates how the macro-level environment affects micro-level decision-making, and offers a multi-level analysis of fertility-related norms across Europe.

Overall, this book offers insight into how people make decisions to have children, when they are most likely to act on their decisions, and how different social and policy settings affect their decisions and actions. It will appeal to researchers, graduate students, and policy advisors with an interest in fertility, demography, and life-course decision making.


Attitudes to childbearing Birth rates Demography of the life course Europe Family policy Fertility studies Fertility trends Human fertility Macro-Micro Social indicators

Editors and affiliations

  • Dimiter Philipov
    • 1
  • Aart C. Liefbroer
    • 2
  • Jane E. Klobas
    • 3
  1. 1.Wittgenstein Ctr for Demography and Human CapitalVienna Institute of DemographyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic InstituteThe HagueThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics, Centre for Arts, Science and KnowledgeUniversity BocconiMilanItaly

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