The research group ‚Varieties of Reproduction Regimes: Institutions, Norms and Inequalities‘ funded through the DFG Emmy-Noether-Programme (project number 461709920) and based at WZB Berlin Social Science Center seeks to understand the interplay of policies regulating reproduction, inequalities and norms from a comparative perspective. Reproduction is understood as processes around intentionally and unintentionally having and not having children. The research will pay particular attention to the role of policies and regulations to a) shape patterns of reproduction in the life course differentially across social groups, and b) affect norms around reproduction and family. Three main questions will be addressed in comparative perspective:

  1. What are typical patterns of how reproduction is regulated across high-income countries?
  2. What patterns of stratified reproduction are associated with the institutional settings?
  3. What are the associations between regulating reproduction and attitudes towards gender, sexuality and family in the population?