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Incomplete reporting of men's fertility in the United States and Britain: a research note

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Publication date

1999

Abstract

We evaluate men's retrospective fertility histories from the British Household Panel Survey and the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Further, we analyze the PSID men's panel-updated fertility histories for their possible superiority over retrospective collection. One third to one half of men's nonmarital births and births within previous marriages are missed in estimates from retrospective histories. Differential survey underrepresentation of previously married men compared with previously married women accounts for a substantial proportion of the deficits in previous-marriage fertility. More recent retrospective histories and panel-updated fertility histories improve reporting completeness, primarily by reducing the proportion of marital births from unions that are no longer intact at the survey date.

Published in

Demography

Volume

36 (1):135-144

Subjects

Family Formation And Dissolution and Survey Methodology

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1612990~S5

Notes

Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

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