Parental leave policies and continued childbearing in Iceland, Norway, and Sweden
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionDemographic Research. 2019, 40 (51), 1501-1528. 10.4054/DEMRES.2019.40.51
Demographic theories maintain that family policies that support gender equality may lead to higher fertility levels in postindustrial societies. This phenomenon is often exemplified by the situation in the Nordic countries. These countries have parental leave policies that promote a gender-equal work-care balance for both parents, and these countries have comparatively high fertility levels. However, very little is known about the association between these policies and childbearing at the individual level.