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“Isn’t it time you were finishing?”:fertility and female labor-force participation in England,1860-1920

Atkinson, Paul (2012) “Isn’t it time you were finishing?”:fertility and female labor-force participation in England,1860-1920. Feminist Economics, 18 (4). pp. 145-164. ISSN 1354-5701

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Abstract

This contribution examines the relationship between women’s labor force participation (LFP) and fertility in three industrial towns of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century England from a feminist economic perspective. The study augments existing, statistical, approaches to demographic history by discussing women’s motivations. Women’s LFP influenced their likelihood of family limitation (via effects on both age at marriage and marital fertility). Where women were most likely to be in paid work, they were most likely to limit family size. It is further argued that the diversity of LFP patterns is the principal explanation for the varied patterns of fertility decline in different parts of Britain.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: History ; fertility ; nineteenth century ; England ; women ; employment ; B54, I30, J13
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 73006
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2015 08:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 06:02
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/73006

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