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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lowest-Low Fertility: A Theory of Normative Rigidity and Economic Context

Mary Brinton, Reischauer Institute, Professor of Sociology and Department Chair

Establishing greater gender equity in market work and in households is a shared goal for many postindustrial democracies. The logic behind this goal often stems from fairness concerns. This paper examines the issue from a demographic angle and examines the relationship between gender equity and fertility in postindustrial societies. We show that many of the societies currently experiencing what demographers term “lowest-low” fertility are precisely those where the gender-role revolution has stalled and where gender inequality remains high. In this sense, gender inequality in the 21st century can be considered a contributor to the negative population outcome of below-replacement fertility. This practical implication gives further impetus for movement towards greater gender equity.

Lunch will be provided.

An RSVP is not required as this is an open event.

  • Location:
    WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman Building, Room 102
  • Date:
    Thursday, September 13, 2012
  • Time:
    11:40 AM

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