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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Father involvement and fertility in Norway Seminar

Social Statistics and Demography
6 November 2014
Building 02 room 1083 (L/TB)

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Centre for Population Change on 023280592579 (Mel Morgan – Centre Administrator) or email .

Event details

Centre for Population Change seminar

In this paper we investigate the role of father involvement in the society on individual fertility. As the first country in the world Norway implemented an earmarked part of the paid parental leave program to fathers in 1993, the so-called fathers’ quota, which is leave days that the family lose if not taken by the father. We argue that the introduction of the fathers’ quota have changed father’s behavior and thus the social norms towards more involved fatherhood, i.e. higher share of leave taken by fathers signal stronger norms toward involved fathers. For this study we use unique data covering the whole Norwegian population and suitable statistical methods, i.e., the hazard rate model. Assuming that individual decision-making is embedded in contextual conditions such as social norms, we calculate two measures of father involvement for each of the 435 municipalities which are expected to be positively associated with higher fertility.

Speaker information

Trude Lappegard , Statistic Norway. Researcher

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