The concentration of reproduction among US women, 1917-80


Journal Article

What proportion of a cohort of women has what proportion of the children? For the cohort of US women born in 1930, and 36% who had four or more children accounted for fully 63% of the cohort's issue. Ten percent of the women were childless, and the 32% of the women with one or two children accounts for only 17% of the progeny. This concentration of reproduction-a prolific fraction of the cohort producing most of the offspring and a sizable fraction of the cohort leaving relatively few descendants-constitutes what might be called a division of labor. -Authors

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vaupel, JW; Goodwin, DG

Published Date

  • January 1, 1987

Published In

  • Population &Amp; Development Review

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 723 - 730

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/1973030

Citation Source

  • Scopus