Reexamining the link of early childbearing to marriage and to subsequent fertility.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Using data from the 1980, 1985, and 1990 Current Population Surveys, we show that the link between early fertility and nonmarital births has become stronger. Women who give birth earlier are increasingly likely to be unmarried. In contrast, we find a weaker association between first births at young (versus older) ages and (1) a rapid pace of subsequent childbearing and (2) higher completed fertility. We discuss possible causes and consequences of these changes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Morgan, SP; Rindfuss, RR

Published Date

  • February 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 59 - 75

PubMed ID

  • 10036593

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-7790

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0070-3370

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/2648134


  • eng