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Approaching the limit: Long-term trends in late and very late fertility
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Demografi (SUDA).
2007 (English)In: Population and Development Review, Vol. 33, no 1, 149-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this article we discuss trends in the limits to late childbearing, their determinants and potential implications from an empirical long-term perspective. Although the high levels observed in non-contracepting populations have not been reached, fertility in Europe at ages 40+ and 45+ has increased substantially in recent years. This trend received considerable attention, especially in combination with the emergence of new reproductive technologies and often low levels of general fertility. Nevertheless, physiological studies agree on the fact that age limits to childbearing, at least for women, have not shifted to later ages. Our empirical analyses of high-quality long-term data from Sweden document an increase in the absolute and relative number of births at ages 40+ and 45+, together with an increase in first birth occurrence-exposure rates at ages close to 40.

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2007. Vol. 33, no 1, 149-170 p.
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22177OAI: diva2:188704
Available from: 2007-12-19 Created: 2007-12-19 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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