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Having power, having babies?

Fertility patterns among German elite politicians


In a recent article Ansgar Hudde and Carmen Friedrich analyse fertility patterns among the German political elite. They collected biographical data from all high-rank politicians in Germany show that, on average, male politicians have relatively many children: 2.0 in western Germany, and 2.2 in eastern Germany. Female politicians have very few children in western Germany (1.3) and relatively many in eastern Germany (1.9).