Fertility in Israel: a Mini-survey and some New Findings

  • Yoram Ben Porath
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The demographic scene in Israel is characterised by a wide range of variation in fertility rarely observed in a country with a similar per capita income (1784 dollars in 1972), and by a variety of experiences over time. Much of the richness of the data is associated with the ethnic-religious heterogeneity of the population: in addition to Jews who constitute approximately 85 per cent of the population, there are Moslems and Druze with significantly higher levels of fertility than the Jews; Christian Arabs occupy a middle position. Within the Jewish population there is unusual variety emanating from the simple fact that about 60 per cent of the population age 15 + is foreign born and another 36 per cent of the population are first generation Israelis.


Infant Mortality Family Size Child Mortality Jewish Population Child Death 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoram Ben Porath
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  1. 1.Maurice Falk InstituteJerusalemIsrael

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