Modelling Fertility

  • Alain Bélanger
  • Patrick Sabourin
Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 43)


The models developed in the three previous chapters are “cohort” models, in which all the actors in the simulation are born at the same time. This cohort approach is the principle behind life tables. Although this type of modelling is interesting and very useful for analytical purposes, it cannot be used for simulating real populations exposed to the full range of demographic forces such as immigration and fertility.


Event Function Fertility Module Previous Chapter Initial Cohort Subsequent Birth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Bélanger
    • 1
  • Patrick Sabourin
    • 1
  1. 1.Urbanisation Culture SociétéInst nat de la recherche scientifique Urbanisation Culture SociétéMontréalCanada

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