Cohort Postponement and Period Measures

Joshua R. Goldstein, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Thomas Cassidy, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

We introduce a new class of models in which demographic behavior such as fertility is postponed by differing amounts depending only on cohort membership. We show how this model fits into a general framework of period and cohort postponement that includes the existing models in the literature, notably those of Bongaarts and Feeney and Kohler and Philipov. The cohort-based model shows the effects of cohort shifts on period fertility measures and provides an accompanying tempo-adjusted measure of period total fertility in the absence of observed shifts. Simulation reveals that when postponement is governed by cohorts, the cohort-based indicator outperforms the Bongaarts and Feeney model that is now in widespread use.

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Presented in Session 14: Formal Demography and Survival Analysis