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Fertility and mortality data for Germany: recent progress and future challenges

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Kreyenfeld, Michaela; Scholz, Rembrandt D.

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Corporate Editor Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (RatSWD)
Abstract "In recent years, considerable progress has been made in improving the data infrastructure for fertility and morality researchers in Germany. Several large scale data sets have been made available through the research data centers: the microcensuses of the 1970s and 1980s, the censuses of the GDR and FRG, the microcensus panel, data from the pension registers, individual level data from the vital statistics, and the central foreigner registers have become available for scientific usage. Vital statistics have been reformed, and the micro-census now includes information on number of children ever born. Despite these improvements, there are still some “weak spots” in Germany’s data infrastructure. Germany is lacking official counts of reconstituted families. We know little about the mortality risks of immigrants. In addition, the data infrastructure for studying the socio-economic differences in mortality risks could be improved, thus enabling Germany to catch up with international developments in this area. This paper concludes by making some suggestions for improving the data available." [author's abstract]
Keywords fertility; mortality; Federal Republic of Germany; socioeconomic effects; population statistics; family research; official statistics; family; fertility rate; demographical structure; empirical social research; data capture; research practice; data collection method; infrastructure
Classification Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Berlin
Page/Pages 12 p.
Series RatSWD Working Paper Series, 110
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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