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France 2012 : stable fertility, declining infant mortality

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In most developed countries, fertility has declined in response to the economic crisis. France appears to be anexception, but without the crisis, the total fertility rate,which had been increasing for several years, would have continued its upward trend and exceeded 2 children per woman. Trends in infant mortality are difficult to interpret due to changes in birth registration practices. A solution to this problem would be to add the birth weight and gestational age on the birth certificate so that the viability of each birth can be gauged against the international criteria established by the WHO.

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  • Gilles Pison, 2013. "France 2012 : stable fertility, declining infant mortality," Population and Societies 498, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
  • Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:498
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