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Authors: Leip, Evelyn
Title: Geburtenentwicklung und gesellschaftliche Struktur
Online publication date: 1-Jan-2004
Language: german
Abstract: Declining birthrates are causing problems on different levels of societal structure. The much discussed necessity to restructure pension-systems is only one part of a much bigger problem our society faces. There are numerous scientific theories and studies on the causes and resulting problems of declining birthrates. The results of these are not easily comparable and relatively unconnected. The aim of this dissertation is to discuss them within a new frame. Starting with Hartmut Esser´s Theory of Rational Choice and using other modifications of rational decision making theory (i.e. microeconomic modelling, game theory etc.) a new theoretical position as well as an integrated model of fertility behaviour is developed. In this frame the probable causes of declining birth rates are discussed with respect to situational factors (logic of situation) as well as decision-immanent factors (logic of selection). The model is completed by an extensive discussion of the resulting societal changes (logic of aggregation).
DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
300 Social sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Original work
Publication type: Dissertation
License: in Copyright
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