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Author: Tocchioni, Valentina
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1. Tocchioni, Valentina
Rybinska, Anna
Mynarska, Monika
Matysiak, Anna
Vignoli, Daniele
Life-Course Trajectories of Childless Women: Country-Specific or Universal?
European Journal of Population published online (9 June 2022): DOI: 10.1007/s10680-022-09624-5.
Also: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10680-022-09624-5
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: European Association for Population Studies (EAPS)
Keyword(s): Cross-national Analysis; Expectations/Intentions; Fertility; Germany, German; Italy/Italian Social Surveys

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While existing research has documented complexities in biographies of childless women, few studies to date have systematically examined the life-course pathways of the childless from a comparative, cross-country perspective. In this paper, we analyse biographies of childless women in four countries--Germany, Italy, Poland, and the United States--in order to investigate whether pathways into childlessness are country-specific or commonly shared across institutional, cultural, and geographical settings. Partnership, education, and employment histories are examined using sequence analysis with dynamic Hamming distance and cluster analysis. Discrepancy analysis indicates a country-effect in women's biographies although life-course patterns identified in each country share similarities. Overall, seven life-course trajectories have been identified, with the most numerous cluster comprising single, working women who completed their education at a relatively young age. The results highlight a marked variation in the life-courses of childless women. Put together, these findings provide descriptive evidence for both country-specificity and cross-country similarity in the pathways to childlessness.
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Tocchioni, Valentina, Anna Rybinska, Monika Mynarska, Anna Matysiak and Daniele Vignoli. "Life-Course Trajectories of Childless Women: Country-Specific or Universal?" European Journal of Population published online (9 June 2022): DOI: 10.1007/s10680-022-09624-5.