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Family-Size Limitation and Birth Spacing: The Fertility Transition of African and Asian Immigrants in Israel
Dov Friedlander, Zvi Eisenbach and Calvin Goldscheider
Population and Development Review
Vol. 6, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 581-593
Published by: Population Council
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1972927
Page Count: 13
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Two models of fertility change in the initial stages of decline are explored: (1) fertility changes occur among older women in response to changes in long-term family-size targets (stopping effects); (2) family-size changes reflect decisions at each parity level to delay or prevent the birth of the next child (spacing effects). The "stopping" and "spacing" effects are examined among Asian and African immigrants in Israel. The data show important spacing effects among these immigrants that relate mainly to socioeconomic change rather than cultural factors. Comparisons with other subpopulations suggest that there are no general, universal rules of spacing or stopping patterns in the transition to lower fertility.
Population and Development Review © 1980 Population Council