Fertility trends by social status

Skirbekk V (2008). Fertility trends by social status. Demographic Research 18 (5): 145-180. DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2008.18.5.

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Abstract

This article discusses how fertility relates to social status with the use of a new dataset, several times larger than the ones used so far. The status-fertility relation is investigated over several centuries, across world regions and by the type of status-measure. The study reveals that as fertility declines, there is a general shift from a positive to a negative or neutral status-fertility relation. Those with high income/wealth or high occupation/social class switch from having relatively many to fewer or the same number of children as others. Education, however, depresses fertility for as long as this relation is observed (from early in the 20th century).

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Demographic Research; 18(5):145-180 (28 March 2008)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 16:18
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/8612

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