Repeated findings that men underreport their fertility in social surveys raises concerns about the usefulness of survey data collected from men. We calculate the birth rate reported by unmarried males ages 15-19 in the National Survey of Adolescent Males. We also calculate the rate of fatherhood among adolescent males from maternal reports in the National Maternal and Infant Health Survey. Comparisons of birth rates to unmarried adolescent males, as measured by these maternal and paternal reports, show no statistically significant differences between the two sources of information. We conclude that it is possible to collect accurate fertility information from young men.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Economic and Social Measurement|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)