Fertility in Australia: The role of policy and the labour market

Bonner, Suzanne M. (2015) Fertility in Australia: The role of policy and the labour market. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


One of the most discussed topics in labour and demographic studies, population ageing and stability, is closely related to fertility choices. This thesis explores recent developments in the fertility literature in the context of Australia. We investigate individual preferences for child bearing, the determinants of fertility decisions and the effectiveness of policies implemented by the government aimed at improving total fertility. The first study highlights the impact of monetary incentives on the decision to bear children in light of potentially differential responses across the native and immigrant population. The second study analyses the role of unemployment and job stability on the fertility choices of women. The final study examines whether the quality-quantity trade-off exists for Australian families and explores the impact of siblings on a child's health and educational outcomes.

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ID Code: 86665
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Sarkar, Dipanwita, Sarkar, Jayanta, & Kidd, Michael
Keywords: Fertility, demographics, labour economics, family, policy, pro-natal, quality-quantity, stability
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2015 04:06
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 14:47

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