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Mean age at childbearing [message #19668] Wed, 29 July 2020 08:49 Go to next message
JK Praveen is currently offline  JK Praveen
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I would like to calculate the mean age at childbearing on the religion basis of Indian population. Are there any resources on how to calculate such indicator in Stata?
Re: Mean age at childbearing [message #19669 is a reply to message #19668] Wed, 29 July 2020 09:33 Go to previous message
schoumaker is currently offline  schoumaker
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You can compute age-specific fertiliy rates by religion, and from them compute mean age at childbearing.

With Stata, you can use the tfr2 command, that will compute age-specific fertility rates, TFR and mean age at childbearing (with the mac option). For instance, if you type

by v130, sort : tfr2, mac

You will have age-specific fertility rates, TFR and MAC by religion.

This works fine with the latest DHS in India, but you should be careful to use the correct all-women factors when computing age-specific fertility rates with previous surveys, when they were conducted among ever married women. I did not check if all-women factors are available by religion; if not, you can compute them from the household data.

You can also have access to the Stata programs for fertility rates on er/Chap05_FE/

I think the SPSS codes for fertility indicators are not yet available.

Best regards,


Bruno Schoumaker
Centre for Demographic Research
Université catholique de Louvain
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