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Reproductive Behavior of the Asian-American Population in the United States of America

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The primary purpose of this study was to examine and test the "minority-status" hypothesis for interpreting inter-ethnic and inter-racial fertility differences in the United States. It was also emphasized that fertility differentials be regarded as resulting from the interplay between structural and cultural assimilation, on the one hand, and the history and traditions of particular groups, on the other. While considering the minority status hypothesis, this study also examines the assimilationist perspective, which argues that ethnic groups differ in fertility because they differ in the values they attribute to various fertility-related variables, and that once they are assimilated socially and culturally, the fertility differentials will disappear. Data source is the 1980 Public Use Microdata obtained from the US Bureau of the Census and the units of analysis are married couples, where the women are of 14-45 years of age. The dependent variable is the number of children ever born to a married woman, and the independent variables are present age of woman, age of woman at first marriage, employment status of woman, education of both spouses, number of marriages, the place of residence, speaking English at home, and U.S. citizenship status. Using the regression decomposition model developed by Coleman and associates (1972), the test results of the "minority-status" perspective have been presented in this study.

Affiliations: 1: Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee 38505, U.S.A.

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