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Deliberate control in a natural fertility population: Southern Sweden, 1766-1864

Bengtsson, Tommy LU and Dribe, Martin LU (2006) In Demography 43(4). p.727-746
Abstract
ln this article, we analyze fertility control in a rural population characterized by natural fertility, using survival analysis on a longitudinal data set at the individual level combined with food prices. Landless and semilandless families responded strongly to short-term economic stress stemming from changes in prices. The fertility response, both to moderate and large changes in food prices, was the strongest within six months after prices changed in the fall, which means that the response was deliberate. People foresaw bad times and planned their fertility accordingly. The result highlights the importance of deliberate control of the timing of childbirth before the fertiliry transition, not in order to achieve a certain family size... (More)
ln this article, we analyze fertility control in a rural population characterized by natural fertility, using survival analysis on a longitudinal data set at the individual level combined with food prices. Landless and semilandless families responded strongly to short-term economic stress stemming from changes in prices. The fertility response, both to moderate and large changes in food prices, was the strongest within six months after prices changed in the fall, which means that the response was deliberate. People foresaw bad times and planned their fertility accordingly. The result highlights the importance of deliberate control of the timing of childbirth before the fertiliry transition, not in order to achieve a certain family size but, as in this case, to reduce the negative impacts of short-term economic stress. (Less)
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Population Assn Amer
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  author       = {Bengtsson, Tommy and Dribe, Martin},
  issn         = {1533-7790},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {727--746},
  publisher    = {Population Assn Amer},
  series       = {Demography},
  title        = {Deliberate control in a natural fertility population: Southern Sweden, 1766-1864},
  url          = {http://www.jstor.org/stable/4137215?seq=1},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2006},
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