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Change and continuity in the fertility of unpartnered women in Latin America, 1980–2010

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dc.contributor.author Laplante, Benoît
dc.contributor.author Castro Martín, Teresa
dc.contributor.author Cortina Trilla, Clara
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-10T09:08:43Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-10T09:08:43Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Laplante B, Castro T, Cortina C. Change and continuity in the fertility of unpartnered women in Latin America, 1980–2010. Demographic Research. 2018 Jan-Jun;38(51):1577-604. DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2018.38.51
dc.identifier.issn 1435-9871
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/54324
dc.description.abstract Over the last decades, the proportion of children born to unmarried mothers has been increasing in Latin America while unmarried cohabitation has become more common. One would expect the former to be a consequence of the latter and that the proportion of children born to unpartnered mothers remained stable or decreased. However, recent research has shown that the proportion of the total fertility rate (TFR) that is attributable to unpartnered women has, in fact, increased. This paper aims at understanding the increase in the share of the TFR attributable to unpartnered women in Latin America. We use census data and the own-children method to measure the evolution of fertility by conjugal union status. We use Poisson regression and a multivariate decomposition technique to examine the respective contributions of changes in the composition of the population and changes in the effects of the characteristics of the population on the changes in fertility. In most countries the proportion of unpartnered women has increased. Their fertility has increased in some countries but decreased in others. In countries where it has decreased, it has done so at a slower pace than the fertility of partnered women, thus increasing the share of fertility that is attributable to unpartnered women.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported in part by a Standard Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The participation of Teresa Castro-Martín and Clara Cortina in this research has been funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement 320116 for the research project Families And Societies.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
dc.relation.ispartof Demographic Research. 2018 Jan-Jun;38(51):1577-604
dc.rights © 2018 Benoît Laplante, Teresa Castro-Martín & Clara Cortina. This open-access work is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany (CC BY 3.0 DE), which permits use, reproduction, and distribution in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are given credit.
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/de/legalcode
dc.title Change and continuity in the fertility of unpartnered women in Latin America, 1980–2010
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2018.38.51
dc.subject.keyword Women
dc.subject.keyword Unmarried mothers
dc.subject.keyword Unmarried cohabitation
dc.subject.keyword Nonmarital fertility
dc.subject.keyword Latin America
dc.subject.keyword Decomposition
dc.subject.keyword Consensual union
dc.subject.keyword Census
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/320116
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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