DP1109 Fertility Control Early in Marriage in Ireland a Century Ago

Author(s): Niall Duffy, Cormac Ó Gráda
Publication Date: January 1995
Keyword(s): Family Planning, Ireland, Marital Fertility, Marriage
JEL(s): J11, J12, J13, N33
Programme Areas: Human Resources
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Data were extracted from the 1911 Irish manuscript census to study the regional variation in the extent and character of family limitation strategies in Ireland a century ago. Regression analysis of the data shows evidence of `spacing' in both urban and rural Ireland. Further analysis of the so-called `replacement' problem also produces results consistent with `spacing'.