Changes in desired family size during the life course

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The Dutch Minister for Youth and Families,André Rouvoet (Christian Union),is in favour of government policy designed to raise the number of children.He believes this would alleviate the disadvantages of an ageing population in the future.Many people in the Netherlands say,however,that the number of children people want is a private matter.At the same time,research has shown that on the whole couples want more children than they ultimately realise.The findings of a study recently conducted at NIDI to look for an explanation for this phenomenon could be useful in determining whether government policy could help people fulfil their wishes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-5
JournalDemos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving
Issue numberspecial issue
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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