Rising Dispersion in Age at First Birth in Europe: Is it Related to Fertility Postponement?

Philipov D (2017). Rising Dispersion in Age at First Birth in Europe: Is it Related to Fertility Postponement? Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences VID Working Paper 11/2017 , Vienna, Austria.

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Abstract

This paper examines the dispersion of fertility across age and time which has rarely been studied. Using data from the Human Fertility Database, we examine fertility age schedules by looking at standard deviations in age at first births in European countries at different stages of fertility postponement. The standard deviation at first birth remained overall constant during the start of fertility postponement in the early 1970s, then it increased during the second stage marking the progression of postponement. It remained again constant at a higher level during recent years. The paper discusses the structural changes that might have caused these changes.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Variance in fertility schedules, standard deviation of fertility, variance and stages in fertility postponement, fertility schedules.
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 12:23
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 12:23
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14882

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