Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Childlessness in Europe: An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michaela Kreyenfeld, Dirk Konietzka
      Pages 3-15 Open Access
  3. Country Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Ann Berrington
      Pages 57-76 Open Access
    3. Katja Köppen, Magali Mazuy, Laurent Toulemon
      Pages 77-95 Open Access
    4. Michaela Kreyenfeld, Dirk Konietzka
      Pages 97-114 Open Access
    5. Marion Burkimsher, Kryštof Zeman
      Pages 115-137 Open Access
    6. Anna Rotkirch, Anneli Miettinen
      Pages 139-158 Open Access
    7. Tomas Frejka
      Pages 159-179 Open Access
  4. Women’s Education and Childlessness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Hildegard Schaeper, Michael Grotheer, Gesche Brandt
      Pages 209-232 Open Access
  5. Fertility Ideals, Biographical Decisions and Assisted Reproduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Anne-Kristin Kuhnt, Michaela Kreyenfeld, Heike Trappe
      Pages 235-251 Open Access
  6. Consequences of Childlessness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311

About this book


This book is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

​This open access book provides an overview of childlessness throughout Europe. It offers a collection of papers written by leading demographers and sociologists that examine contexts, causes, and consequences of childlessness in countries throughout the region.
The book features data from all over Europe. It specifically highlights patterns of childlessness in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. An additional chapter on childlessness in the United States puts the European experience in perspective. 
The book offers readers such insights as the determinants of lifelong childlessness, whether governments can and should counteract increasing childlessness, how the phenomenon differs across social strata and the role economic uncertainties play. In addition, the book also examines life course dynamics and biographical patterns, assisted reproduction as well as the consequences of childlessness. Childlessness has been increasing rapidly in most European countries in recent decades. 
This book offers readers expert analysis into this issue from leading experts in the field of family behavior. From causes to consequences, it explores the many facets of childlessness throughout Europe to present a comprehensive portrait of this important demographic and sociological trend.  


Biographical patterns Childlessness throughout Europe Determinants of lifelong childlessness Increasing childlessness Life course dynamics Role of Economic uncertainty Fertility and assisted reproduction Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Michaela Kreyenfeld
    • 1
  • Dirk Konietzka
    • 2
  1. 1.Hertie School of Governance GmbH BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institut für SozialwissenschaftenTU BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences
  • Editors Michaela Kreyenfeld
    Dirk Konietzka
  • Series Title Demographic Research Monographs
  • Series Abbreviated Title Demographic Research Monographs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-44665-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83108-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-44667-7
  • Series ISSN 1613-5520
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-9286
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 370
  • Number of Illustrations 86 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Partly translated of Ein Leben ohne Kinder, Springer, 2013.
  • Topics Demography
    Population Economics
    Sociology, general
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