What is natural fertility? The remodeling of a concept.

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This paper applies three log-linear models to Louis Henry's original 1961 natural fertility data in order to test various assumptions leading to ways of obtaining a standard natural fertility schedule through explicit modeling. "The models specify that births follow an independent Poisson distribution for each age interval of each population. All parameters are estimated through an iterative maximum-likelihood procedure." The author suggests that the model selected provides better estimates of the standard natural fertility function than previous models. excerpt

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)656-663
Number of pages8
JournalPopulation index
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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