COUPFER - The Project

The COUPFER research is funded by the European Commission with a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship. The aim of the project is to investigate how relative resources in couples are related to union stability and first, second, and third births across Europe.

COUPFER - Abstract

In order to understand childbearing behaviour, it seems intuitively important to include partnership formation and the characteristics, behaviour and interactions of both partners into the scholarly analyses of fertility. The empirical literature in this field, however, has so far overwhelmingly studied fertility outcomes from the perspective of the woman. Only very recently have studies integrated the (male) partner and couple-dynamics into models of childbearing behaviour, and this couple perspective approach is now an up-and coming area in social demography. A few pioneering studies have been published on the topic so far, but many open questions remain. Among them are the question of 1) how her and his educational attainment and employment behaviour interact with each other in relating to childbearing behaviour in many European nations not yet studied from a couple perspective (e.g. France, Great Britain, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Eastern Europe), 2) if these relative resources may play a crucial role for partnership formation and union stability, and in turn only be significant for childbearing behaviour through selecting which couples find and remain together 3) and how such couple dynamics may depend upon the surrounding social structure and greater gender equality in the society in relating to fertility outcomes and union stability. The proposed project aims at tackling all of these questions. This will allow for a deeper and more detailed understanding of family formation and fertility outcomes in Europe, and not only greatly advance the field substantively but also make a significant contribution to the methodological advancement of the field.

COUPFER - Host Institution

The COUPFER project is hosted by the Wittgenstein Center and the Vienna Institute of Demography (Austrian Academy of Sciences).

COUPFER - Host Country

Research for the COUPFER project has been carried out in Austria.