The Effect of Gender (in)Equality in Household and Care Work on the Intentions to Move to the Second Child in Spain

Cristina Suero , Spanish National Research Council

During the last years, the study of fertility intentions has received renewed attention, focusing on different angles and contexts. This paper focuses on the effect that household and childcare work distribution have on partnered women’s intention to have a second child within the following three years in Spain. Using data from the recent Spanish Fertility Survey conducted by the Spanish Statistical Office in 2018, we carry out an analysis to assess which factor is more relevant in the explanation of intentions to have a second child: the (in)equality in the gender distribution of chores or the possibility to outsource these duties. Preliminary results suggest that prior experience with the use of kindergarten and of outsourcing care and household services matter most for the intentions to have a second child, when controlling by age and level of education.

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 Presented in Session P1. Poster Session Fertility, Family and the Life Course