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The rising share of nonmarital births: A response to Ermisch, Martin, and Wu


  • Jo Anna Gray

    () (University of Oregon Economics Department)

  • Jean Stockhard

    () (University of Oregon PPPM Department)

  • Joe A. Stone

    () (University of Oregon Economics Department)


We are flattered that our recent paper in Demography, GSS (2006), has attracted such close attention from Ermisch Martin and Wu (EMW). In this response we appreciate the opportunity to expand on several key aspects of our paper, but see no reason to substantially revise any of our major conclusions based on EMW comments. Reading EMW, one might think we had proposed the demographic equivalent of Newton’s second law of thermodynamics – the existence of a universal phenomenon, manifest in identical form in all places, for all groups, during all times periods, regardless of circumstances. It will be helpful, then, to review briefly the central points in GSS before turning to the major EMW comments, along with our responses.

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  • Jo Anna Gray & Jean Stockhard & Joe A. Stone, 2008. "The rising share of nonmarital births: A response to Ermisch, Martin, and Wu," University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers 2008-7, University of Oregon Economics Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2008-7

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    fertility; illegitimacy ratio; marriage; nonmarital fertility ratio; nonmarital births;

    JEL classification:

    • N3 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy
    • B21 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Microeconomics


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