As stated in Chap. 1, this book comprises two main objectives, the first of which is an examination of the influence of economic and ideational factors on Japanese marriage and fertility behaviour. The second aim of this book is to investigate a historical change in attitudes towards partnership and family in Japan. Following these research interests, we theoretically and empirically examined marriage and fertility behaviour in the previous chapters by using data from panel and repeated cross-sectional surveys. In this final chapter, we will first summarize the main arguments and empirical findings presented in the previous chapters. Thereafter, we will conclude this book by discussing the implications of this study for marriage and fertility behaviour.
KeywordsComparative institutional analysis Economic and ideational theories Institutional settings Rational choice Social action theory
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