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Composition and Decomposition in Nonmarital Fertility

Lawrence L. Wu
Demography
Vol. 46, No. 1 (Feb., 2009), pp. 209-210
Published by: Springer on behalf of the Population Association of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25476015
Page Count: 2
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Abstract

Ermisch (2009) criticized Gray, Stockard, and Stone (2006), arguing that they incorrectly tested a model positing a nonlinear relationship between the nonmarital fertility ratio and the proportion of unmarried women. I identify a different problem, which is that even if this model were to hold for a particular population, it would not in general hold for subgroups of this population; likewise, were it to hold for subgroups, it would not hold for aggregations of these subgroups.

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