Using Discrete-Time Event History Fertility Models to Simulate Total Fertility Rates and Other Fertility Measures

Jennifer van Hook, Claire E. Altman

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Abstract

Event history models, also known as hazard models, are commonly used in analyses of fertility. One drawback of event history models is that the conditional probabilities (hazards) estimated by event history models do not readily translate into summary measures, particularly for models of repeatable events, like childbirth. In this paper, we describe how to translate the results of discrete-time event history models of all births into well-known summary fertility measures: simulated age- and parity-specific fertility rates, parity progression ratios, and the total fertility rate. The method incorporates all birth intervals, but permits the hazard functions to vary across parities. It can also simulate values for groups defined by both fixed and time-varying covariates, such as marital or employment life histories. We demonstrate the method using an example from the National Survey of Family Growth and provide an accompanying data file and Stata program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-610
Number of pages26
JournalPopulation Research and Policy Review
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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