Occupation and fertility on the frontier: Evidence from the state of Utah

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Publication Type pre-print
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Economics
Creator Maloney, Thomas N.
Other Author Hanson, Heidi; Smith, Ken R.
Title Occupation and fertility on the frontier: Evidence from the state of Utah
Date 2014-01-01
Description BACKGROUND Most of what we know about fertility decline in the United States comes from aggregate (often state or county level) data sources. It is difficult to identify variation in fertility change across socio-economic classes in such data, although understanding such variation would provide deeper insight into the history of the fertility transition. OBJECTIVE We use rich micro-level data to examine differences across occupational classes in fertility levels and in the timing and pace of change in fertility in the US state of Utah in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. METHODS Our evidence comes from the Utah Population Database, which contains several generations of linked family histories, including information on residents of Utah from the mid-1800s to the present. We use standard linear regression models to identify variation in fertility across birth cohorts and occupational classes as well as cohort-occupation interaction effects (to identify differences across classes in the pace of change over time) RESULTS Families of white collar workers led changes in many fertility-related behaviors, particularly those tied to the start of family life (marriage age and first birth interval). Farm families had high fertility levels and added children into late ages, although they also experienced declining fertility.
Type Text
Publisher Max Planck Society
Volume 30
Issue 29
First Page 853
Last Page 886
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Maloney, T. N., Hanson, H., & Smith, K. R. (2014). Occupation and fertility on the frontier: Evidence from the state of Utah. Demographic Research, 30(29), 853-86.
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Date Created 2014-05-06
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s66148dx