Marital Fertility and Religion: Recent Changes in Spain

University of Chicago, Population Research Center Discussion Paper No. 2004-02

40 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2004

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Alícia Adserà

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: June 2004

Abstract

Since the onset of democracy in 1975, both total fertility and Mass attendance rates in Spain have dropped dramatically. I use the 1985 and 1999 Spanish Fertility Surveys to study whether the significance of religion in fertility behavior - both in family size and in the spacing of births - has changed. While in the 1985 SFS family size was similar among practicing and non-practicing Catholics, practicing Catholics portray significantly higher fertility during recent years. In the context of lower church participation, religiosity has acquired a more relevant meaning for demographic behavior. Among the youngest generation, non-practicing Catholics behave as those without affiliation. The small group of Protestants and Muslims has the highest fertility and inter-faith unions are less fertile.

Keywords: religion, spain, fertility, religiosity, couple specific investments

JEL Classification: J1, J13, D1

Suggested Citation

Adsera, Alicia, Marital Fertility and Religion: Recent Changes in Spain (June 2004). University of Chicago, Population Research Center Discussion Paper No. 2004-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=565761 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.565761

Alicia Adsera (Contact Author)

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Princeton University
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Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR) ( email )

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United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Germany

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