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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

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Published date: 1 January 2011
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography, Social Sciences, Centre for Population Change


Local EPrints ID: 172229
ISSN: 2042-4116
PURE UUID: ed0335fb-881e-4798-b6d5-31a19e26f0bb

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Date deposited: 25 Jan 2011 15:08
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:14

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Author: Máire Ní Bhrolcháin
Author: Eva Beaujouan
Author: Michael Murphy

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