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Socioeconomic Differences in Multipartner Fertility Among Norwegian Men

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  • Trude Lappegård

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  • Marit Rønsen
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    This article analyzes male fertility, with a particular focus on multipartner fertility, for cohorts born 1955 to 1984 in Norway. We find that socioeconomically disadvantaged men have the lowest chance of becoming fathers and the lowest likelihood of fathering multiple children in stable unions. Multipartner fertility, on the other hand, is positively associated with both disadvantage and advantage: higher-order birth risks with a new partner are more prevalent among men with low as well as high socioeconomic status. An intervening factor among disadvantaged men may be a higher union dissolution risk, and an elevated risk among advantaged men may be associated with their higher preferences for children and other features that make these men more attractive to women as partners and fathers of future children. Copyright Population Association of America 2013

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Demography.

    Volume (Year): 50 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 1135-1153

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:demogr:v:50:y:2013:i:3:p:1135-1153

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    Keywords: Male fertility; Multipartner fertility; Childlessness; Socioeconomic differences;

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