Order-Specific Fertility Rates for Germany
Estimates from Perinatal Statistics for the Period 2001-2008

  • Michaela Kreyenfeld Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
  • Rembrandt Scholz Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
  • Frederik Peters Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
  • Ines Wlosnewski Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
Keywords: Birth order, Fertility, Germany, Eastern and Western Germany, Perinatal Statistics

Abstract

Until 2008, Germany’s vital statistics did not include information on the biological order of each birth. This resulted in a dearth of important demographic indicators, such as the mean age at first birth and the level of childlessness. Researchers have tried to fill this gap by generating order-specific birth rates from survey data, and by combining survey data with vital statistics. This paper takes a different approach by using Perinatal Statistics to generate birth order-specific fertility rates for the period 2001 to 2008. Perinatal Statistics includes information on births that took place in German hospitals. Out-of-hospital births, which account for about 2 % of all births, are not included in the Perinatal Statistics. In a sensitivity analysis, we show how robust our estimates are to the inclusion of out-of-hospital births. Our general assessment is that the Perinatal Statistics is a valuable source for generating order-specific fertility rates, regardless of whether out-of-hospital births are included.
Published
2011-02-10
How to Cite
[1]
Kreyenfeld, M., Scholz, R., Peters, F. and Wlosnewski, I. 2011. Order-Specific Fertility Rates for GermanyEstimates from Perinatal Statistics for the Period 2001-2008. Comparative Population Studies. 35, 2 (Feb. 2011).
Section
Research Articles