Desired and excess fertility in Europe and the United States: Indirect estimates from World Fertility Survey data

Calhoun CA (1991). Desired and excess fertility in Europe and the United States: Indirect estimates from World Fertility Survey data. European Journal of Population 7 (1): 29-57. DOI:10.1007/BF01796615.

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Abstract

This paper presents indirect estimates of desired family size and unwanted births for married and cohabitating women in twelve European countries and the United States. An econometric model for censored discrete data is used to estimate the distribution of desired family size from individual observations on children ever born and total expected births. The data are from the UNECE Comparative Fertility Study of WFS surveys for Europe and the United States and originated in national surveys between April 1975 and December 1979. Estimates of the bivariate distribution of cumulative and desired fertility are used to compute the proportion of women with excess fertility and the average number of unwanted births for each country. The indirect estimates are compared with those from an analysis of survey responses to questions about desired and unwanted births. Multivariate models that control for the effects of marriage duration, age at marriage, education, employment status, work experience, and total family income are also reported.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 14:41
Last Modified: 03 May 2016 14:41
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13082

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