Ludovica Comolli

Postdoctoral researcher at SUDA, Stockholm University

Fertility in the time of economic crisis
La fécondité aux temps de la crise économique

Ludovica Comolli
Fertility in the time of economic crisis - empty cradles

When uncertain about the stability of their present or future earnings or jobs, individuals postpone life-changing decisions. Scientific research confirms conventional wisdom and shows that the Great Recession that started in 2008 had a paralyzing effect on childbearing in most western economies. As illustrated in Figure 1, after a period of growing fertility at the
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