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The Institutional Context of Population Change: Patterns of Fertility and Mortality across High-Income Nations

Fred C. Pampel


Despite having similar economies and political systems, high-income nations show persistent diversity. This work looks at fertility, suicide, and homicide rates in eighteen high-income nations to show how they are affected by institutional structures. European nations, for example, offer universal public benefits for men and women who are unable to work and have policies to ease the burdens of working mothers. The United States, in contrast, does not. This study demonstrates how public policy differences such as these affect childbearing among working women, moderate pressures for suicide and ... More

Keywords: high-income nations, fertility, suicide, homicide, institutional structures, universal public benefits, working mothers, public policy, childbearing, working women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226645254
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226645278.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred C. Pampel, author