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Adolescent fertility is declining worldwide


  • Gilles Pison


In 2010, there were 54 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 in the world, 16% fewer than in 2000. The decline in early childbearing is associated with women's later marriage or entry into union, in turn a consequence of increased female school enrolment and women's enhanced status in society. In France, after increasing during the first three-quarters of the twentieth century as attitudes to sexuality became more relaxed, the 1970s and 1980s saw a four-fold decrease in the frequency of early childbearing thanks to the legalization of contraception and abortion.

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  • Gilles Pison, 2012. "Adolescent fertility is declining worldwide," Population and Societies 490, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
  • Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:490

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    1. repec:cai:poeine:pope_1003_0363 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Laurent Toulemon & Sophie Pennec, 2010. "Multi-residence in France and Australia," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 23(1), pages 1-40, July.
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