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Women's multiple-partner fertility in the United States: Prevalence, correlates and trends, 1985-2008


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  • Evenhouse, Eirik
  • Reilly, Siobhan


This study provides the first current, nationally representative estimate of the prevalence of multipartnered fertility among American women, as a whole and within subgroups. We also chart trends in behavior from 1985 through 2008. Our estimates are derived from the household relationship matrices found in 12 panels of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation spanning this period. Contrary to expectations, there was no upward trend in multipartnered fertility over those 23 years for the population as a whole. While trends within subgroups did emerge, they tended to offset each other.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 26867.

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Date of creation: 19 Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:26867

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Keywords: multipartnered fertility; multiple-father fertility; Survey of Income and Program Participation; SIPP;

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  1. Elizabeth Cooksey & Patricia Craig, 1998. "Parenting from a distance: The effects of paternal characteristics on contact between nonresidential fathers and their children," Demography, Springer, vol. 35(2), pages 187-200, May.
  2. Marilyn Sinkewicz & Irwin Garfinkel, 2009. "Unwed fathers’ ability to pay child support: New estimates accounting for multiple-partner fertility," Demography, Springer, vol. 46(2), pages 247-263, May.
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  4. Marcia Carlson & Sara Mclanahan & Paula England, 2004. "Union formation in fragile families," Demography, Springer, vol. 41(2), pages 237-261, May.
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