Spatial Aggregation of Unconventional Reproductive Timing: Neighbourhood Influence in Question
Mathieu Buelens, Université Libre de Bruxelles
This communication profiles women with timings considered 'deviant' with regards to moral and modal reproductive behaviour. It first presents factors cited in the literature for both 'early' and 'late' women childbearing with specific focus on their spatial scope ; from the state to the individual level. It then exposes the relevance of Belgian metropolitan areas as a study case via cross country age specific fertility mapping in north western Europe at different levels.
The empirical section uses Crossroads Bank for Social Security individual data on 15 to 49 year old women to expose the social determinants relevant in this context. Neighbourhood influence is partially validated without structural effect via multinomial regression. Hence, results suggest, for individual characteristics adjusted, some neighbourhood contexts do have an influence on fertility timing.
We conclude discussing individual strategies, locally differentiated spatial constraints (such as housing stock) and norms enhancing (and/or with weaker disapprobation of) reproductive behaviours elsewhere considered unconventional to explain this observed neighbourhood level aggregation.
Presented in Poster Session 2