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Effects of age reporting errors on application of the Brass method for estimating fertility in Africa



Effects of age reporting errors on application of the Brass method for estimating fertility in Africa



Population 53(5): 979-994



With the aim of improving our knowledge of fertility levels, William Brass in the 1970s sought to overcome the defects of African fertility data by developing the method of fertility estimation which is named after him. Following the publication of his method, it became widely used both in teaching and in the field. However, the persistence of many kinds of errors, particularly those concerning the ages of individuals, even in recent data, raises questions about the value of the method when dealing with errors on age reporting. The simulations we have performed suggest that such errors introduce bias into the results obtained with the method. More specifically, the Brass P/F ratio method is found to result almost always in an overestimation of the total fertility rate.

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