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Are Young Cohorts of Women Delaying First Birth in Mexico?

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  • Alfonso Miranda

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    (Department of Economics, Keele,)

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In the last decades female permanent sterilisation became the most used contraception method in Mexico. During this time the demand for pills, condoms and other short-term contraceptives fell consistently. The shift in the demand for contraceptives raises concerns among demographers that the timing of children may remain unchanged regardless observed reductions in period fertility rates. This paper assesses such ideas in the context of the timing of a first child using duration models as main analysis tool. Findings suggest that young cohorts of women are effectively delaying first birth relative to the experience of older generations.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Research, Keele University in its series Keele Economics Research Papers with number KERP 2005/06.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2005
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 19, Number 1. February 2006, pages: 55-70
Handle: RePEc:kee:kerpuk:2005/06

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Keywords: First birth; timing of children; duration models; Mexico.;

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  1. Kari White & Joseph E. Potter, 2013. "Patterns of contraceptive use among Mexican-origin women," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 28(41), pages 1199-1212, June.
  2. Pamela Ortiz Arévalo, 2009. "Does sex education influence sexual and reproductive behaviour of women? Evidence from Mexico," Working Papers. Serie AD 2009-01, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).

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