Religion, Religiousity and Fertility Desires: Evidence from a Longitudinal Study of American College Graduates

Publication Date: October 2008

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Paul Ritterband; Steven M. Cohen

Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics

Keywords: American Jews; Fertility

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Jewish Population Studies (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1977), 115-141. In this paper the authors address two problems: first the attempt to account for differences in desired family size by religion; second, they examine the routes to group mean desire family size. The research is based upon a secondary analysis of data collected by the National Opinion Research Center in its 1961 study of graduates of American colleges and universities.