Illegitimate fertility decline in england, 1851-1911

Jona Schellekens*

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This study attempts to determine the extent to which several hypotheses are able to account for the illegitimate fertility decline in England in the second half of the nineteenth century. The results of a pooled time-series analysis are consistent with the hypothesis that a rise in working-class prosperity accounts for much of the decline. Additional reasons for the decline, which cannot be ruled out with the data used in the analysis, include the diffusion of knowledge and the acceptability of contraceptive methods and a decline in agricultural employment.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)365-377
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family History
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1995


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