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      Why do people postpone parenthood? Reasons and social policy incentives.

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          Never before have parents in most Western societies had their first children as late as in recent decades. What are the central reasons for postponement? What is known about the link between the delay of childbearing and social policy incentives to counter these trends? This review engages in a systematic analysis of existing evidence to extract the maximum amount of knowledge about the reasons for birth postponement and the effectiveness of social policy incentives.

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          Journal
          Hum Reprod Update
          Human reproduction update
          Oxford University Press (OUP)
          1460-2369
          1355-4786
          June 10 2011
          : 17
          : 6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Sociology/ICS, University of Groningen, Grote Rozenstraat 31, 9712 TG Groningen, The Netherlands. m.c.mills@rug.nl
          Article
          dmr026
          10.1093/humupd/dmr026
          3529638
          21652599
          754032f8-f78b-4ac0-ab49-cb8203fb94bd
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