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Population Europe Inter-Faces: Tomáš Sobotka

Interview with Tomáš Sobotka (Vienna Institute of Demography) on fertility in times of crisis.


1. We want to have children, but given the current economic crisis, we are not sure whether it is a good time right now. Do other people worry about the crisis when planning their families, and what are the effects?

2. Does it make a difference to family planning in times of economic crisis what kind of job people have?

3. Are there factors like family support, social networks or the infamous “biological clock” that are helping to overcome these worries?

4. What policies could encourage people not to postpone their plans to have children in times of economic crisis?

The Population Europe Inter-Face Series has been published with financial support from the Progress programme of the European Union in the framework of the project ”Supporting a Partnership for Enhancing Europe’s Capacity to Tackle Demographic and Societal Change”.