Childhood family experience and completed fertility

Zheng Wu, Christoph M. Schimmele


Understanding fertility change has been one of the most challenging tasks for
population researchers. This paper contributes to our knowledge of fertility
differentials by investigating if there is a relationship between family structure and completed fertility, and whether this relationship is modified by first birth experience. Our results show that coming from an intact family significantly lowers completed fertility. The relationship between family structure and completed fertility does not change with first birth experience.

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