Scottish Longitudinal Study
Development & Support Unit
Residential Context and Childbearing: Application of a Spatial Multilevel Multiprocess Hazard Model to Study Contextual Determinants of Fertility
Peter Dorey, University of St Andrews
Prof Hill Kulu, University of St Andrews
Dr Katherine Keenan, University of St Andrews
Dr Urska Demsar, University of St Andrews
1st February 2021
This project investigates childbearing patterns by residential context in Britain. The aims are as follows: First, to determine the extent to which spatial variation in childbearing patterns is attributed to compositional characteristics and selective residential moves. Second, to investigate which contextual factors (e.g. regional-economic characteristics, institutional and cultural-normative factors, social interaction) are important and how do they influence individuals’ childbearing behaviour? Third, to develop a spatial multilevel multiprocess hazard model to properly measure the effect of living environment on individuals’ childbearing behaviour. Determining how contextual factors influence individuals’ childbearing behaviour will improve our understanding of the factors that hinder or promote the realisation of childbearing desires and intentions, which, in turn, allows developing evidence-based social policies.
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