Course: Social and Economic Aspects of Human Fertility

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Session Topic Readings
1 Introduction & Measurement None

Distal and Proximate Determinants

Natural and Controlled Fertility

Davis, Kingsley and Judith Blake. 1956. "Social Structure and Fertility: An analytic Framework." Economic Development and Cultural Change 4(3):211-235.

Bongaarts, John. 1982. "The fertility-inhibiting effects of the intermediate fertility variables." Studies in Family Planning 13(6-7): 179-189.

Knodel, John. 1977. "Family Limitation and the Fertility Transition: Evidence from the Age Patter of Fertility in Europe and Asia." Population Studies 31(2):219-249.

3 Fertility Decline I Hirshman, Charles. 1994. "Why Fertility Changes." Annual Review of Sociology 20:203-233.
4 Discussion of Fertility Decline I

Behrman, Jere R., Hans-Peter Kohler and Susan Cotts Watkins. 2002. "Social Networks and Changes in Contraceptive Use Over Time: Evidence from a Longitudinal Study in Rural Kenya." Demography 39(4):713-738.

Schmertmann, Carl P., Joseph E. Potter, and Suzana M. Cavenaghi. 2008. "Exploratory Analysis of Spatial Pstterns in Brazil 's Fertility Transition." Population Research and Policy Review 27:1-15.

LeGrand, Thomas, Todd Keppenhaver, Nathalie Mondain, and Sara Randall. 2003. "Reassessing the Insurance Effect: A Qualitative Analysis of Fertility Behavior in Senegal and Zimbaswe."Population and Development Review 29(3):375-403.
5 Fertility Decline II

Jones, Gavin W. 2007. "Delayed Marriage and Very Low Fertility in Pacific Asia."Population and Development Review 33(3):453-478.

Frejka, Tomas and Tomas Sobotka. 2008. "Fertility in Europe: Diverse, Delayed and Below Replacement."Demographic Research 19:15-46.

Riley, Nancy E. 2004. "China 's Population: new Trends and Challenges." Population Bulletin 59(2).
6 Discussion of Fertility Decline II

DiPrete, Thomas A., S. Philip Morgan, Henriette Engelhardt and Hana Paclova. 2003. "Do Cross-national Differences in the Costs of Children Generate Cross-National Differences in Fertility Rites?" Population Research and Policy Review 22:439-477.

Boling, Patricia. 2008. "Demography, Culture, and Policy: Understanding Japan 's Low Fertility." Population and Development Review 34(2):307-326.

Perelli-Harris, Brienna. 2006. "The Influence of Informal Work and Subjective Well-Being on Childbearing in Post-Soviet Russia." Population and Development Review 32(4):729-753.
7 Infertility

Stephen, Elizabeth Harvey and Anjani Chandra. 2006. "Declining Estimates of Infertility in the United States." Fertility and Sterility 86(3):516-523.

Bitler, Marianne and Lucie Schmidt. 2006. "Health Disparities and Infertility: Impacts of State Level Insurance Mandates." Fertility and Sterility 85(4):858-865.

Wright, Victoira Clay, Jeani Chang, Gary Jeng and Maurizio Macaluso. 2008. "Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance-United States, 2005." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 57(SS-5):1-24.

8 Fertility Decision Making

Miller, Warren B,, Lawrence J. Severy and David J. Pasta. 2004. "A Framework for Modelling Fertility Motivation in Couples." Population Studies 58(2):193-205.

Udry, J. Richard. 1983. "Do Couples Make Fertility Plans One Birth at a Time?" Demography 20(2):117-128.

9 Fertility Intentions

Agadjanian, Victor. 2005. "Fraught with Ambivialence: Reproductive Intentions and Contraceptive Choices in a Sub-Saharan Fertility Transition." Population Research and Policy Review 24:617-645.

Schoen, Robert, Nan Marie Astone, Constance A. Nathanson, Young J. Kim and Nancy Murray . 1999. "The Impact of Fertility Intentions on Behavior: The Case of Sterilization." Social Biology 47(1-2):61-76.

Quesnel-Vallee, Amelie and S. Philip Morgan. 2003. "Missing the Target? Correspondence of Fertility Intentions and Behavior in the U.S.?" Population Research and Policy Review 22:497-525.
10 Gender Inequality and Fertility

Torr, Berna Miller and Susan E. Short. 2004. "Second Births and the Second Shift: A Reseach Note on Gender Equity and Fertility." Population and Development Review 30(1):109-130.

Mason, Karen Oppenheim and Anju Malhotra Taj. 1987. "Differences Between Women's and Men's Reproductive Goals in Developing Countries ." Population and Development Review 13(4):611-638.
11 Differential Fertility

Lloyd, Cynthia, Carol E. Kaufman and Paul Hewett. 2000. "The Spread of Primary Schooling in Sub-Saharan African: Implications for Fertility Changes." Population and Development Review 26(3):483-515.

McQuillan, Keven. 2004. "When Does Religion Influence Fertility?" Population and Development Review 30(1):25-56.

Koc, Ismet, Attila Hancioglu and Alanur Cavlin. 2008. "Demographic Differentials and Demographic Integration of Turkish and Kurdish Populations in Turkey." Population Research and Policy Review 27:447-457.
12 Discussion of Differential Fertility I

Rindfuss, Ronald R., S. Philip Morgan and Kate Offutt. 1996. "Education and the Changing Age Pattern of American Fertility: 1963-1989." Demography 33(3):277-290.

DeRose, Laurie. 2007. "Educational Reversals and First Birth Timing in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Dynamic Multilevel Approach." Demography 44(1):59-77.
13 Discussion of Differential Fertility II

Avong, Helen Nene. 2001. "Religion and Fertility Among the Atyap in Nigeria." Journal of Biosocial Science 33:1-2.

Westoff, Charles, and Tomas Frejka. 2007. "Religiousness and Fertility Among European Muslims." Population and Development Review 33(4):785-809.