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The University of Southampton
Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science

The Contribution of Recent Increases in Family Benefits to Australia’s Early 21st Century Fertility Increase: An Empirical Analysis Seminar

6 January 2011
Room 1009, Building 58 Highfield Campus

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Dr Guy Abel on +44 (0)23 8059 7988 or email .

Event details

CPC Seminar Series

Following forty years of almost continual decrease, between 2001 and 2008 Australia's total fertility increased from 1.73 to 1.97. The increase overlapped with a series of changes to family-related benefits which were designed primarily to provide financial assistance to families, but for which pronatalist intent was also apparent. The more significant changes were the introduction of a universal, flat-rate payment to parents of new-born children and an increased subsidisation of child care.

This paper analyses recent individual-level fertility patterns in Australia, using data from a large-scale longitudinal survey and focusing on the effects of changes to family benefits. The effects of macroeconomic variables, entitlements to family-friendly working conditions, and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics also are considered.

Speaker information

Nick Parr,Macquarie University, Canberra, Australia

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