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Fertility and union histories from German GGS data: some critical reflections

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  • Michaela Kreyenfeld

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

  • Anne Hornung

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

  • Karolin Kubisch

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

  • Ina Jaschinski

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

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    Abstract

    This paper validates the fertility and union histories of the German Generations and Gender Survey (GGS). One major result from this validation is that the fertility of the older GGS-cohorts is too low, while it is too high for the younger cohorts. For partnership histories, we find a similar bias. In sum, the GGS gives wrong cohort fertility and marriage trends for Germany. We speculate on various sources for this bias in the data. However, we were unable to find a remedy to cure it.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its series MPIDR Working Papers with number WP-2010-023.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2010-023

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    Cited by:
    1. Ina Berninger & Bernd WeiƟ & Michael Wagner, 2011. "On the links between employment, partnership quality, and the desire to have a first child," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 24(24), pages 579-610, April.
    2. Michaela Kreyenfeld & Valerie Martin, 2011. "Economic conditions of stepfamilies from a cross-national perspective," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2011-010, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    3. Katharina Wolf, 2014. "Fertility of Turkish migrants in Germany: duration of stay matters," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2014-001, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.

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