Composition and decomposition in nonmarital fertility

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Abstract

Ermisch (2009) criticized Gray, Stockard, and Stone (2006), arguing that they incorrectly tested a model positing a nonlinear relationship between the nonmarital fertility ratio and the proportion of unmarried women. I identify a different problem, which is that even if this model were to hold for a particular population, it would not in general hold for subgroups of this population; likewise, were it to hold for subgroups, it would not hold for aggregations of these subgroups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-210
Number of pages2
JournalDemography
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • Demography

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