Attitudes towards parenthood are
at the core of all economic and
social problems raised by the decline
in fertility rates and the ageing
process of Europe’s population.
In this context, the question of
the influence of labour market conditions
on fertility choices and the question
of the adequacy of public policies
in order to facilitate the combination
between employment and parenthood
have to be raised.
been the central question of the
MOCHO research project (Motherhood
choices: The influence of employment
conditions and of public policies
) during the last three years. The
aim of the project was to study
how the motherhood decision is affected
by labour market conditions and
how public policies can be designed
in order to promote parenthood by
dual career couples, which is becoming
the normal way of life in the European
Union’s member states.
To go beyond
the issues raised within this project
and to establish a general state
of the art of where research stands
in this domain as well as to broaden
the perspective, a call for papers
has proven an interesting method.