The Impact of Work Characteristics on Fertility Intentions

Karina M. Shreffler, Pennsylvania State University

Numerous studies have examined the relationship between women’s labor force participation and fertility. While research largely finds a negative relationship, a dearth of information remains on the reasons for the relationship. The current study proposes to explore for the first time the effects of specific occupational characteristics (constructs include complexity, routinization, autonomy, stressful working conditions, and workplace support) on both fertility postponement and fertility intentions. Findings have important policy implications as women’s labor force participation and postponement of childbearing continue to increase.

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Presented in Poster Session 5