Reported childlessness: a further look at cohort estimates based on survey time-series data

Ní Bhrolcháin, Máire, Beaujouan, Eva and Murphy, Michael (2011) Reported childlessness: a further look at cohort estimates based on survey time-series data. Southampton, GB, ESRC Centre for Population Change, 19pp. (Centre for Population Change Working Paper Series, 11).


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The paper investigates further the over-reporting of childlessness in the General Household Survey in recent years and finds that it is due either to respondent error or to respondent fatigue. The bias can be corrected for to some extent by using information on own children in household. Revised fertility histories incorporating own children identified from household information give period estimates of total fertility that are in close agreement with national vital registration statistics, unlike those based on original fertility histories of recent years. Misreporting in fertility histories dates primarily from the reorganization of the GHS at the 2000-01 round, and particularly from 2003-04, when the option of laptop self-completion was introduced for reporting demographic histories

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
ISSNs: 2042-4116 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Social Statistics & Demography
ePrint ID: 172229
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 January 2011Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 15:08
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:32
Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-625-28-0001)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013

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