How better parental leave policies could solve an impending demographic crisis
Fast Company - 03/18/2016
A new study, by Northeastern University economist Matthias Doepke and the University of Bonn’s Fabian Kindermann, dives into this by first looking at how couples decide to have kids. The working paper literally starts with a birds-and-the-bees conversation: “A basic fact about babies is that it takes both a woman and a man to make one.”
The authors actually looked to data to prove this, specifically the Generations and Gender Programme, a survey that examined the relationships between thousands of couples in 19 countries in Europe and Russia. The survey showed that couples that don’t agree on having kids generally don’t have one—but that a woman’s opinion mattered more to the actual outcome.