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Distribution of Closed Birth Intervals in a Heterogeneous Population

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The probability distribution of parity-specific closed birth intervals in a heterogeneous population of women is obtained from Biswas' (1980) concept of gradually decreasing fecundabilities. The distribution of parity-specific last closed birth intervals and its moments of various orders are derived for a heterogeneous female population. Simulations are used to compare with models for a homogeneous female population with constant fecundability. The consideration of heterogeneity allows a better fit for empirical closed birth intervals.

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  • Shankar Dihidar, 2012. "Distribution of Closed Birth Intervals in a Heterogeneous Population," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(3), pages 130-146, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:19:y:2012:i:3:p:130-146
    DOI: 10.1080/08898480.2012.693847
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