The Empirical Analysis of East German Fertility after
German unification led to a drastic decline in the East German birth rate. Recent explanations of this phenomena point to the importance of an adjustment process of the East German pattern with often early births to the West German pattern with fairly late births. The paper presents an update on previous analyses of age specific birth rates, as well as a new micro-economic approach based on individual data. The empirical evidence presented in this paper supports the view that the sharp reduction in East Germany fertility is in fact part of an adjustment process towards West German fertility patterns.
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