Irish Fertility at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (ICPSR 34517)

Principal Investigator(s): Guinnane, Timothy W., Yale University. Department of Economics


The goal of this project was to use the case of the Irish at the beginning of the twentieth century to investigate several explanations offered for the timing and pace of the European fertility transition. Using a sample constructed from the manuscript schedules of the Irish census of 1911 and the already-extant samples from the United States census of 1910, this study examined the roles of religion, class, migration, and neighbors in the Irish fertility transition.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from DSDR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    birth rates, census, fertility, population growth

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Ireland, United States

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from DSDR or ICPSR. Researchers should consult the principal investigator directly for details on obtaining access to the data and documentation:

Dr. Timothy W. Guinnane

Department of Economics

Yale University

New Haven, CT 06520-8269

email: Timothy.Guinnane@Yale.Edu

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