Journal of Population Research

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 133–149 | Cite as

An evaluation of the recent fertility changes in Afghanistan: a parity-specific analysis

  • Thomas SpoorenbergEmail author


Very limited studies exist on the demography of Afghanistan. Using the only national survey with complete birth history data, the 2010 Afghanistan Mortality Survey, this paper describes the recent fertility changes in the country from a parity-specific perspective. From 1995 to 2009, parity progression ratios, average birth intervals, sex ratio at birth by parity and synthetic lifetime average parity are successively examined. Results show that the progression to higher-order births started to decline in the early 2000s and was accompanied by childbearing postponement. The consistency of the parity analysis is assessed by looking at the sex ratio at birth by parity and comparing the synthetic lifetime average parity to fertility estimates computed from other datasets and/or estimation methods. While the sex ratio at birth indicates strong distortion, casting doubt on the ultimate fertility level, the consistency of the parity-based fertility estimates with other fertility estimates corroborates the fact that misreporting the sex of the child is mainly causing the imbalanced sex ratio at birth and is not significantly affecting the level of fertility. The SPPRs-based analysis provides solid evidence that Afghanistan is in the early stage of its fertility transition.


Fertility Parity Data quality Estimation Afghanistan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Population Estimates and Projections Section, Population Division/DESAUnited Nations Population DivisionNew YorkUSA

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