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Influence of the Self-Reported Economic Situation on Family Extension

A Comparison between Germans and Turks

Content and Objective

The economic situation of a family can have a positive and negative effect on the decision to get more children. A positive financial situation can contribute to the decision of the parents to get one more child as far as no other reasons are an obstacle to this decision and if the decision is based on a decision-making process (not by accident). However, certain norms, values and cultural principles influence or even determine this decision. In this respect, a better economic situation does not automatically promote the decision for more children.

This project examines the question of how the self-reported financial situation has an effect on the actual birth of additional children compared to other factors like generational support and migration background. The hypotheses to be tested are based on economic theories and research on the importance of economic uncertainty for fertility. Based on multivariate analyses of the two waves of the German Generations and Gender Survey (GGS), neither the individual financial situation, nor the relations between generations can be detected as effects on family expansion. The results show, however, that Turkish citizens differ in their migration experience in comparison to those who have immigrated in childhood or were born in Germany in terms of the explanatory factors. Factors like age of the woman, number and age of children are crucial in all groups under study.


Naderi, Robert (2013): Unter welchen Bedingungen bekommen Eltern weitere Kinder? Ein Vergleich zwischen Deutschen und Türken unter besonderer Berücksichtigung ökonomischer Abwägungen. In: Zeitschrift für Familienforschung – Journal of Family Research 25,1: 75-95

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