Journal of the Australian Population Association

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 131–146 | Cite as

First birth timing in Australia

  • Rosangela Merlo


This paper examines the concept of delayed childbearing in Australia, in comparison with other Western countries. In addition to presenting statistics to examine changes in the age at which women enter parenthood, survey data from the Australian Family Project are used to investigate the factors influencing the timing of the first birth. Using a framework proposed by Bloom (1984), the paper presents a proportional hazards regression model of first birth timing. Some attempt is made to examine changes over time in the factors affecting the age at first birth.


Labour Force Participation Church Attendance Event History Analysis Birth Timing Vital Statistic Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosangela Merlo
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate Studies in Demography National Centre for Development StudiesThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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