Transformation of cohort fertility in Slovakia. The postponement and recuperation of childbearing in cohort perspective

Branislav Šprocha, INFOSTAT – Demographic Research Centre, Slovak Republic

Pages: 14 – 32

Abstract

The collapse of the previous political system and the following period of social and economic transition caused profound changes in the reproductive behaviour of the population of Slovakia. The postponement of important reproduction-related life events (e.g. housing and economic independence, marriage and parenthood) has become more widespread among young people born in 1970s and 1980s. These and other economic and social factors are the primary causes of changes in the nature and intensity of cohort fertility among young women in Slovakia. The aim of this article is to analyse the transformation of cohort fertility in Slovakia and describe changes among women born between 1965 ‒ 1985 using the model of fertility postponement as a fertility decline at a younger age and the subsequent recuperation as a compensatory fertility increase at a higher age.

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