A European team of 25 researchers focused on the issue of declining birth rates in three German-speaking countries. A summary of their findings and recommendations has now been published in a booklet that questions many commen myths. It can be downloaded for free in English, German and French (see link).
The team, gathered between 2009 and 2012 by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Leopoldina, represents various disciplines – sociology, demography, history and medicine. End of 2012 the research results were published in German in the volume “Zukunft mit Kindern” (A future with Children), edited by Günter Stock, Hans Bertram, Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Wolfgang Holzgreve, Martin Kohli and Ursula M. Staudinger. It explores fertility and the development of society in three culturally close countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The country comparison shows impressively that successful family policies must consider the dimensions of time, money and infrastructure, and also necessarily have to take into account the respective social context.
Find more information, index of the full study, and order details on the website: http://www.zukunft-mit-kindern.eu (in German).
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