Short Papers

Detecting Stopping and Spacing Behaviour in Historical Demography

A Critical Review of Methods

Jan Van Bavel  By the same author

Resume

Couples who have started to reproduce and subsequently want to limit their fertility can follow two strategies: birth spacing or stopping. Spacing consists of increasing the intervals between successive births, while the stopping strategy attempts to prevent further reproduction altogether after the maximum desired number of children has been reached (Knodel, 1987 ; Okun, 1995).

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