9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN33 Women's and Gender Studies

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Fertility, Reproductive Decisions and Childbearing Building II, C4.01

Gender role-set and fertility intentions in Switzerland

The aim of this paper is to analyse the gender division of tasks within the couple and its relation to women?s fertility intentions, accounting for family value orientations in Switzerland. We take advantage of the unique information on gender division of tasks, family and gender values, and fertility intentions of women in reproductive ages (18-45) contained in the available waves of the Swiss Household Panel since 2004. In a number of distinguished and inter-related analyses, we first identify a typology of couples? role-sets, built on the basis of the gap in the number of hours that each partner in a couple devote to domestic tasks and paid work. Second, we define the individual value orientation on family and gender issues though a principal component analysis of items included in the panel. Third, we model the effect of the couple?s role set and of value orientations on the woman?s intention to have a child or an additional child within two years from the moment of the interview, controlling for a number of socio-demographic characteristics of the woman. Results are compared with similar analyses conducted in Italy by some of the authors and discussed in the light of the international literature of double burden and fertility. (words: 204)