Methods protocol for the Human Fertility Database
Rostock, Max Planck Intitute for Demographic Research (2009)
The Human Fertility Database is a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), based at MPIDR. The main goal of the database is to fill in the gaps in fertility data availability and comparability and to provide free and user-friendly access to detailed and high-quality data on period and cohort fertility to the international research community and other interested users. This document describes general principles that are used in constructing and presenting the database and outlines data processing, including converting raw data into input data and calculation of fertility rates and fertility tables.