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Sex preference for children in German villages during the fertility transition
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7559-2571
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7559-2571
2015 (English)In: Population Studies, ISSN 0032-4728, E-ISSN 1477-4747, Vol. 69, no 1, 57-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the past, parents' sex preferences for their children have proved difficult to verify. This study used John Knodel's German village genealogies of couples married between 1815 and 1899 to investigate sex preferences for children during the fertility transition. Event history analyses of couples' propensity to progress to a fifth parity was used to test whether the probability of having additional children was influenced by the sex composition of surviving children. It appears that son preference influenced reproductive behaviour: couples having only girls experienced significantly higher transition rates than those having only boys or a mixed sibset. However, couples who married after about 1870 began to exhibit fertility behaviour consistent with the choice to have at least one surviving boy and girl. This result represents a surprisingly early move towards the symmetrical sex preference typical of modern European populations.

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2015. Vol. 69, no 1, 57-71 p.
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Divorce, Sweden, 1960s, Socio-economic determinants, Female labor force participation, Socio-economic growth
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101247DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2014.994667ISI: 000349446200002PubMedID: 25685879OAI: diva2:798134
Available from: 2015-03-26 Created: 2015-03-26 Last updated: 2016-06-30Bibliographically approved

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