Soon, later, or ever? The impact of anomie and social capital on fertility intentions in Bulgaria (2002) and Hungary (2001)

Popul Stud (Camb). 2006 Nov;60(3):289-308. doi: 10.1080/00324720600896080.


We use survey data from Bulgaria and Hungary to investigate the determinants of whether women intend to have a first or a second child and, if so, whether they intend to have the child within the ensuing 2 years or later. These determinants differ significantly by the order and timing of the intended birth. The variables used include measures of anomie and social capital and these appear to be among the factors that determine both whether to have a child and when. There is some evidence that these measures and economic factors are relatively more important in Bulgaria than in Hungary, and that ideational factors are more important in Hungary, particularly in the case of voluntary childlessness.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anomie*
  • Bulgaria
  • Female
  • Fertility*
  • Humans
  • Hungary
  • Intention*
  • Male
  • Parity
  • Population Surveillance
  • Pregnancy
  • Social Support*
  • Socioeconomic Factors