Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre
Abstract. The paper discusses post-transitional fertility in Estonia against the background of long-term population development. Estonian population is characterised by a remarkably stable cohort fertility throughout six-seven decades compared to other nations with advanced demographic development, and a very high intensity of non-birth pregnancy outcome, particularly of induced abortion. In that context the continuous juvenation of reproductive events is particularly emphasised in the article. Trends in (1) first birth, (2) first abortion, (3) beginning of sexual life, and (4) individual fertility interval are presented, using the survivorship approach. The analysis is mainly based on the Estonian FFS database which contains event-history data on female birth cohorts of 1924-1973.
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