The Highest Fertility in Europe – for how long? The analysis of fertility change in Albania based on Individual Data

Publication type

Conference Paper


European Population Conference


Publication date

June 22, 2006


Despite remarkable fertility reductions during the period 1950-1990 (Falkingham and Gjonça, 2001), Albania still has the highest level of fertility in Europe today with a TFR of 2.2 children per women. This paper, which for the first time uses individual longitudinal data, aims to first, investigate Albanian's 'success' in bringing fertility down at the level of replacement, and to also analyse the reasons behind the reduction of fertility during the 1990s. It also discusses the possible developments of Albania's fertility in the coming years. Using information from the World Bank Living Standard Measurement Survey conducted in 2002, we provide both non-paramteric and parametric analysis of recent fertility changes.

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