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Evolving Fertility Goals and Behaviors

Friday, February 5, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual meeting on Zoom
Karen Benjamin Guzzo

Evolving Fertility Goals and Behaviors in Current Childbearing Cohorts

Karen Benjamin Guzzo
February 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our guest speaker, Dr. Karen Benjamin Guzzo, is a family demographer and sociologist who researches "nontraditional" family behaviours. Guzzo serves as Associate Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University.

U.S. fertility rates have reached historic lows. Some of the decline is attributable to delayed childbearing, much of which may eventually be recuperated, but some may result in true declines in completed cohort fertility. The lack of longitudinal datasets tracing fertility goals and behaviors for current cohorts makes it difficult to predict how future fertility rates will evolve. Dr. Guzzo’s resarch uses repeated cross-sectional surveys to construct synthetic cohorts of men and women nearing the end of their childbearing years in the United States. They traced the evolution of fertility goals (both desires and intentions) and fertility behaviors within and across two birth cohorts over a period of several decades using several cycles of the National Surveys of Family Growth. In this colloquium, she will speak about misalignment identified between desires and intentions, as well as mismatches between goals and behavior, and discuss potential explanations for these mismatches.

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