Estimating historical total fertility rates for Australia and its states

Philipp Ueffing, T. Wilson

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Australian Bureau of Statistics Total Fertility Rate (TFR) statistics are available from 1921 for Australia, and for census years between 1947 and 1966 for the states, and then on an annual basis from 1971. Using historical, statistical publications, annual TFRs for Australia and the states dating back to federation in 1901 were calculated directly in years where data are available and estimated indirectly via the standardized fertility ratio in other years. For some periods where direct TFR estimation was applied, age-specific births used in the numerators of fertility rates must be estimated from partial data. Combined with Australian Bureau of Statistics data, the authors estimated TFRs contribute an uninterrupted time series of national and state TFRs for Australia from 1901 to 2011. 
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)152-162
Number of pages11
JournalHistorical Methods
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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