Project: Reproductive decision-making in a macro-micro perspective (REPRO)
Aart Liefbroer (project leader), Eva-Maria Merz
This project seeks to examine which factors influence fertility changes and individual reproductive decision-making in Europe. It combines descriptions of changes in birth rates with theoretical insights derived from socio-psychological theory.
The research uses both macro data about fertility trends in Europe and panel data in which plans relating to parenthood are compared with actual behaviour. Additionally, data taken from qualitative research are used to further describe the mechanisms that influence choices in favour of or against having a first or another child. This project is funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union and is run jointly by the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID, project leader), the Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), NIDI, Università Bocconi, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the Hungarian Statistical Office, Statistics Norway, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Population Activities Unit of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and the University of Essex.
More information is available on the REPRO project website.