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Economic Change, Value Shift and Fertility Behaviour

  • Nobutaka Fukuda
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Abstract

This chapter is divided into two main parts. The first part of the chapter is dedicated to examining the influence of ideational factors on fertility behaviour; we will analyse the impact of childbirth on couples’ attitudes in the second part of the chapter. We will first look at Japanese fertility trends in the light of the socio-economic environments surrounding childbearing and Japanese attitudes towards partnership and children. Subsequently, we will briefly provide the theoretical background of this analysis. After explaining the data and methods used in this chapter, we will present the results of this analysis with regard to the influence of ideational factors on fertility behaviour. Finally, we will investigate the impact of childbirth on couples’ attitudes towards partnership and family.

Keywords

Childrearing cost Individualistic attitude Opportunity cost Self-fulfilment Value of children Women’s employment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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