Declining Fertility, Social Networks, and Culture

Last updated December 2010
Author:
Neha Gondal

Abstract:
Increasingly, we live in a world made up of smaller families. While research has delved into many of the socioeconomic and demographic consequences of falling fertility rates, relatively little is known about its implications on the structures and meanings of relationships in which people are embedded. Using regression analysis and Exponential Random Graph Models, I investigate if individuals with fewer siblings, experience, negotiate, and construct meanings of relationships differently from those with larger families. In addition, I explore if they tend to occupy distinctive network structural positions.

Contact Information:
Neha Gondal, ngondal@sociology.rutgers.edu, Rutgers University