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New research on fertility behaviours and socio-economic status

Published: 2021-02-16

Martin Dribe and Francesco Scalone find that differences in fertility behaviour have widened during the global fertility transition

In a recent study published in SN Social Sciences, Martin Dribe (CED/Lund University) and Francesco Scalone (University of Bologna and affiliate to CED) have analysed large-scale micro-level population data from the IPUMS archive, and looked at fertility differentials by socio-economic status (SES) before and after the fertility transition. Some of their main findings is that the universality of high marital fertility for high-SES groups before the transition can be put into question. At the same time, their analysis confirmed that high-SES groups acted as forerunners in the fertility transition.

For a short review of Dribe and Scalone's work and findings, please see PopDigest at Population Europe.