Fertility of Australian birth cohorts: Components and differentials

  • S. K. Jain
  • P. F. McDonald


The paper examines the change in the level and pattern of fertility that took place in the post-1971 period, and the downward completed fertility of successive generations of Australian women born since 1933–37. The change in cohort fertility is assessed in terms of the cohort parity progression ratios, and the four components of cohort total fertility: the proportion of women who proceeded to have a birth, mean age at first birth, mean age at last birth, and average interbirth interval for women who had at least two births. The other aspects discussed are the cohort fertility differentials and the implications of the current trends for future fertility in Australia.


Birth Cohort Total Fertility Rate Australian Bureau Australian Woman High Order Birth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. K. Jain
    • 1
  • P. F. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.National Centre for Epidemiology and Population HealthThe Australian National UniversityCanberra
  2. 2.Demography ProgramThe Australian National UniversityCanberra

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