UN/POP/BRF/BP/1997/1
7 October 1997

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EXPERT GROUP MEETING ON BELOW-REPLACEMENT FERTILITY
Population Division
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Secretariat
New York, New York, 4-6 November 1997

Item 2 of the provisional agenda








FERTILITY TRENDS AMONG
LOW FERTILITY COUNTRIES


Population Division










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Fertility Trends Among Low Fertility Countries


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Fertility Trends Among Low Fertility Countries

Introduction
Levels and trends in total fertility
Cohort fertility
Age patterns of fertility
Age at child-bearing
Number of births
Births by birth order
Summary and conclusions
Footnotes
References

TABLES

1. Levels and trends in total fertility rates, 1975-1996

2. Classification of countries or areas by level of total fertility rate, 1975-1996

3. Trends in the index of total fertility rate (1975 = 100) and percentage change, 1975-1996 or more recent year

4. Classification of countries according to percentage total decline in total fertility rate, 1975-1996

5. Percentage change in total fertility rates from 1975-1980 to 1990-1996 and average annual percentage change

6. Classification of countries according to average percentage decline in total fertility rate, 1975-1996

7. Completed fertility, total and average annual percentage decline, selected European countries , 1945-1960 cohorts

8. Age-specific fertility rates, 1975 and 1996 or most recent year (per 1,000)

9. Percentage change in age-specific fertility rates, 1975-1996 or most recent year

10. Percentage contribution of each age group to total fertility rate, 1975 and 1996 or most recent year

11. Trend in mean age of women at child bearing and direction of change, 1975-1996 or most recent year

12. Trend in mean age of women at birth of first child, selected European countries, 1975-1995 or most recent year

13. Trend in annual number of births and percentage total change, 1975-1995

14. Classification of countries by percentage total decline in annual number of births, 1975-1995

15. Percentage of births by birth order to total number of live births, 1975-1995

16. Direction of change of percentage births of first and subsequent orders, 1975-1995

FIGURES

I. Trends in total fertility rates, 1975-1996.

II. Comparative levels of total fertility rates, 1975 and 1996.

III. Trends in age-specific fertility rates (ASFR), 1975 and 1996.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.
III. Continued.

IV. Percentage fertility contributions of each age group to total fertility rate, 1975 and 1996.

V. Trend in mean age at childbearing, 1975 and 1996.

VI.Percentage distribution of births by birth order, 1975 and 1995
VI. Continued.
VI. Continued.
VI. Continued.
VI. Continued.
VI. Continued.
VI. Continued.

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