International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 280

Full Length Research Paper

The link between employment stability and fertility intention: A cross sectional study

Shah Imran Ahmed
  • Shah Imran Ahmed
  • Department of Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
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  •  Received: 20 March 2018
  •  Accepted: 19 April 2018
  •  Published: 30 April 2018

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of employment stability on fertility intention and behavior. University teachers were interviewed to understand their fertility intentions and behavior by addressing their present employment status and transition to having a first and second child.  Information was randomly collected from 174 teachers from four universities that work in public and national university in Bangladesh by following a systematic set of structured interviews questionnaire.. Quantitative technique of data analysis especially logistic regressions model was used. The finding reveals that fertility intention is likely to be allied to employment stability. Respondents who reported a strong desire to have a child in the next two years consider their employment stability as one of the determining factors. Entrance into parenthood also varied by the gender of respondents and employment stability and this is mostly related to motherhood than fatherhood. Employment stability has a significant impact on the lower probability of remaining childless than a higher probability of preferring a child.

Key words: Employment stability, fertility intention, fertility behavior, parenthood.