Fertility and the COVID-19 crisis: do gender roles really matter?

posted Oct 9, 2020, 7:09 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Oct 9, 2020, 7:09 AM ]
Our colleague Mălina Voicu co-authored an interesting paper in European Societies, that we advertise bellow:

Mălina Voicu & Delia Bădoi (2020)
Fertility and the COVID-19 crisis: do gender roles really matter?,
European Societies, DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2020.1822537

The paper recently published in European Societies proposes a framework for linking fertility with various critical historical moments, shedding light on the impact of “critical junctions” on fertility decisions. As data regarding the dynamic of fertility during the COVID 19 pandemic are not yet available, the article employed a theoretical approach analysing the nexus between fertility and the COVID crisis through the lens of gender roles and social values. The purpose of this analysis is to frame the theoretical paths and to prepare a background for further in-depth analysis based on empirical data. The authors show that biological reduction of fertility is less likely to occur but that behavioural mechanisms in couple’s decision-making will drive the impact on fertility intentions. The health emergency, economic crisis and social distancing will lead to an adjustment of fertility behaviour, while gender roles and social values will moderate the impact of the pandemic.