What's Behind Racial and Ethnic Fertility Differentials?
Female fertility, Fertility, Marriage, Hispanics, Mothers, Men, Adolescents, Family relations, Black people
TO DATE, SOCIAL RESEARCH has accounted for some, but not all of the differential in birth rates between various racial and ethnic groups in the United States (Goldscheider and Uhlenberg,1969; Uhlenberg, 1973; Bean and Marcum, 1978; Johnson, 1979; Bean and Swicegood, 1985; Barringer, Gardner, and Levin, 1993; Brewster, 1994; Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1994). After controlling for socioeconomic factors and individual characteristics, past studies have often attributed the residual racial effect to "culture." Yet how, or even why belonging to a particular racial or ethnic group influences fertility behavior is still unclear. Little is known about the mechanisms through which race and ethnicity influence fertility behaviors.
Original Publication Citation
Forste, Renata, and Marta Tienda. 1996. “What’s Behind Racial and Ethnic Fertility Patterns?” In: John B. Casterline, Ronald D. Lee, and Karen A. Foote (eds.), Fertility in the United States: New Patterns, New Theories, Population and Development Review, Supplement to Volume 22:109-133, (New York: The Population Council)
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Forste, Renata and Tienda, Marta, "What's Behind Racial and Ethnic Fertility Differentials?" (1996). Faculty Publications. 2808.
Population and Development Review
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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