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Estimating marital fertility rates by educational attainment using a survey of new mothers.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Demography
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
1
Pages
135–142
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2307/2060357
PMID: 21279768
Source
Medline

Abstract

Marital fertility rates by educational attainment of mother are estimated for the United States for 1963. These calculations are based upon information collected in a probability sample survey of women having births in 1963 and are prepared by relating birth estimates for educational attainment groups to estimates of married women in corresponding groups.The rates do not display a negative association between educational attainment and the annual level of fertility, thus differing from the pattern observed in other measures of period fertility. Women who completed some high school but did not graduate and women with one or more years of college had higher annual fertility rates than women in other attainment classes.Alternative estimation procedures are discussed which illustrate difficulties in obtaining satisfactory correspondence between two independent surveys which are used to obtain the rate calculation components.

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