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Changes in Family Policies and Outcomes: Is there Convergence?
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- Willem Adema, Nabil Ali1, Olivier Thévenon1, 2
- Author Affiliations
- 1: OECD, France
- 2: Institut national d'études démographiques (INED), France
- 11 July 2014
- Bibliographic information
This paper presents new information on trends in family and child outcomes and policies over the past decades, in order to assess whether there has been any convergence over time across OECD and EU countries. Important drivers of population structure such as life expectancy and fertility rates are becoming more similar across countries as are marriage and divorce rates. Increased educational attainment has contributed to greater female employment participation and convergence therein across countries. Child well-being outcomes show a more mixed pattern with improvements and convergence in infant mortality, but varying trends in child poverty across countries.
- Family and Child outcomes, Taxes and Benefits, Child Care and Parental leave, female employment
- JEL Classification:
- D1: Microeconomics / Household Behavior and Family Economics
- J12: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics / Marriage ; Marital Dissolution ; Family Structure ; Domestic Abuse
- J13: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics / Fertility ; Family Planning ; Child Care ; Children ; Youth
- J18: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics / Public Policy