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The Effects of the Great Recession on Family Structure and Fertility

Citation

Cherlin, Andrew J.; Cumberworth, Erin; Morgan, S. Philip; & Wimer, Christopher (2013). The Effects of the Great Recession on Family Structure and Fertility. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 650(1), 214-231.

Abstract

Recessions can alter family life by constraining the choices that individuals and couples make concerning their family lives and by activating the family’s role as an emergency support system. Both effects were visible during and after the Great Recession. Fertility declined by 9 to 11 percent, depending on the measure, and the decline was greater in states that experienced higher increases in unemployment. The decline was greater among younger women, which suggests postponement rather than forgoing of births. The fall in fertility was sharpest for Hispanics, a result the authors attribute to a drop in Mexican immigration, which reduced the number of recent immigrants, the group with the highest fertility. Substantial increases occurred in the percentage of young adults, single and married, who lived with their parents, augmenting a long-term trend toward intergenerational coresidence. There was a slight decline in divorce and separation in states with higher unemployment.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002716213500643

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2013

Journal Title

ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Author(s)

Cherlin, Andrew J.
Cumberworth, Erin
Morgan, S. Philip
Wimer, Christopher