The Pluralisation of Living Arrangements and Family Forms: Fertility and Employment
The research project investigated the relationship between the employment of women and their fertility. An analysis of the effect of employment on fertility with the Family Survey 2000 showed that the existing negative effect is not – or at least partly not – causal, but due to self-selection. An analysis of the effect of fertility on employment showed the expected negative effect. Contrary to what was expected, the analysis did not show that the effect is overestimated with standard regression methods because of unobserved heterogeneity.