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On the distribution of completed parities when fertility is heritable


  • R. H. Norden


Over the last one hundred years, there has been, in many developed countries, a demographic convergence towards the two child family. The possible implications for population growth of such a tendency are considered in this paper in terms of both family limitation and also the intergenerational transmission of fertility. These two effects interact so that as the proportion of two-child families increases, the possible influence of mother-daughter fertility associations on population growth decreases, though even now it could override otherwise significant changes in either or both of the birth and death intensities. In particular, it is shown that according as to how fertility is transmitted through generations, it is still possible to have zero growth rates consistently with a widely dispersed stable distribution of family size as well as a typical mortality regime.

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  • R. H. Norden, 1996. "On the distribution of completed parities when fertility is heritable," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(2), pages 95-128.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:6:y:1996:i:2:p:95-128
    DOI: 10.1080/08898489609525425

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