Actual, Intended, and Appropriate Family Size in Israel: Trends, Attitudes and Policy Implications: A Preliminary Report

Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher: Jewish People Policy Planning Institute; Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Sergio DellaPergola

Research Area: Population and demographics; Social conditions

Keywords: Values; Public Policies; Fertility; Israeli Jews

Type: Report

Coverage: Israel


Israel's population reflects a unique combination of immigration and high fertility. Demographic trends impact Israel's regional and global political relations. This report examines Jewish fertility patterns and attitudes based on a 2005 national survey and compares actual, intended, and appropriate family sizes in different demographic, socioeconomic and cultural contexts. The effects of religiosity, personal attitudes, and social policies are explored.