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Seasonality of birth in nineteenth and twentieth century Austria: steps toward a unified theory of human reproductive seasonality

Gabriele Doblhammer, Joseph L. Rodgers and Roland Rau
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Gabriele Doblhammer: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
Roland Rau: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany

No WP-1999-013, MPIDR Working Papers from Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany

Abstract: We present an analysis of birth seasonality in nine geographical regions within Austria for two time periods, 1881-1912 and 1947-1959. In the early period, geography, climate, and agricultural patterns were related to birth seasonality. By the later time period, these factors were no longer related to birth seasonality. We propose a “resilience hypothesis,” which suggests two levels of causal influences on birth seasonality. First, underlying the three significant features of birth seasonality patterns around the world are only a small number of major causes. But, second, there are a multiplicity of minor causes that result in small perturbations in the patterns.(AUTHORS)

JEL-codes: J1 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
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DOI: 10.4054/MPIDR-WP-1999-013

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