publication . Article . 2011

Order-Specific Fertility Rates for Germany
Estimates from Perinatal Statistics for the Period 2001-2008

Michaela Kreyenfeld; Rembrandt Scholz; Frederik Peters; Ines Wlosnewski;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2011 Journal: Comparative Population Studies (issn: 1869-8980, eissn: 1869-8999, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Federal Institute for Population Research
Abstract
Until 2008, Germany’s vital statistics did not include information on the biological order of each birth. This resulted in a dearth of important demographic indicators, such as the mean age at first birth and the level of childlessness. Researchers have tried to fill this gap by generating order-specific birth rates from survey data, and by combining survey data with vital statistics. This paper takes a different approach by using Perinatal Statistics to generate birth order-specific fertility rates for the period 2001 to 2008. Perinatal Statistics includes information on births that took place in German hospitals. Out-of-hospital births, which account for about...
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free text keywords: Birth order, Fertility, Germany, Eastern and Western Germany, Perinatal Statistics, Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology, HT101-395, City population. Including children in cities, immigration, HT201-221, Demography. Population. Vital events, HB848-3697
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