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Fertility and Well-Being

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The early 21st century presents us with vast variation in fertility patterns around the globe. However, we also witness a number of regularities across many human societies. Fertility postponement is occurring in high-income as well as in many middle- and low-income countries. In most high-income countries, the era of low or lowest-low fertility seems to have come to an end, but there is substantial variation in how populations have departed from this era. Many societies are facing social polarization that affects family formation and fertility differentials by social status. At the same time, the long-standing negative relationship between fertility and development seems to be subject to shifts. At high levels of development, we witness signs of attenuation or reversal of this relationship. Males are increasingly involved in childrearing in some parts of the world, though gender questions remain an issue where perceptions vary widely across global societies.Detailed description

 

Selected Publications

GOISIS, A.; REMES, H.; MARTIKAINEN, P.; KLEMETTI, R.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
Medically assisted reproduction and birth outcomes: a within-family analysis using Finnish population registers
The Lancet 393:10177, 1225-1232 (2019).

FOX, J. F.; KLÜSENER, S.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
Is a positive relationship between fertility and economic development emerging at the sub-national regional level? Theoretical considerations and evidence from Europe
European Journal of Population (2018).

LERCH, M.:
Fertility decline in urban and rural areas of developing countries
Population and Development Review (2018).

BOHK-EWALD, C.; LI, P.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
Forecast accuracy hardly improves with method complexity when completing cohort fertility
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115:37, 9187-9192 (2018).

DUDEL, C.; KLÜSENER, S.:
Estimating male fertility from vital registration data with missing values
Population Studies (2018).

More Information

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