Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 64

The impact of deindustrialization and unemployment on family formation and fertility in East Germany

Jochen Fleischhacker

Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 64, pp. 117-136 | Full text

The paper analyses the demographic situation in East Germany which has changed fundamentally since 1989. Trends towards deindustrialization and a high level of unemployment especially among women are basic features of demographic devel-opment in East Germany. The dismantling of industrial capacities accompanying the economic transformation process in East Germany was not only the result of differences in productivity between East and West Germany, but also of regional strains on the environment. It has been proved that the one-sided economic policy in the GDR and the resulting environmental damages in East Germany have not lead to major changes in birth and mortality rates.

Keywords: Deindustrialization, environment, unemployment, family formation, fer-tility in East Germany

Jochen Fleischhacker, Humboldt University of Berlin, Faculty of Philosophy III, Unter den Linden, D-0-1086/D-10117 Berlin, Germany