Geburtenbarometer: Monitoring of Fertility in Austria and Vienna

Geburtenbarometer Austria and Geburtenbarometer Vienna (launched in May 2010) are interconnected projects of the Vienna Institute of Demography, aiming to provide continuous monitoring of period fertility rates in Austria and in Vienna. They have three main objectives:

  • Monitoring recent fertility trends in Austria and Vienna on a quarterly and monthly (for Austria only) basis
  • Providing a set of parity-specific fertility indicators that are less affected by the ongoing change in fertility timing than the commonly used period total fertility rates (TFR)
  • Providing detailed data on annual fertility developments

Latest quarterly report: Fertility trends in Q1-Q2/2014 (in German)
Latest annual report: Fertility in 2013 (final results, in German)
Dataset with annual and quarterly data for A ustria and Vienna (in Excel, in English and in German)

The Geburtenbarometer provides quarterly and annual reports and regularly updated datasets. All fertility indicators are computed from the extracts of individual birth records supplied by Statistics Austria. Monthly and quarterly monitoring of fertility allows the evaluation of most recent fertility trends in conjunction with the relevant information on changes in family policies or various socio-economic indicators. The Geburtenbarometer provides the ordinary TFR as well as the set of parity-progression ratios, based on birth interval (duration since the previous birth). A summary indicator of fertility derived from these parity progression ratios is termed the period average parity (PAP). Compared to the ordinary TFR, the PAP has two main advantages: it is relatively little affected by the changes in fertility timing and, being an indicator based on parity-specific approach, it is also more consistent with the sequential nature of childbearing and thus approximates more closely the family-building behaviour of real birth cohorts.

Additional data, reports and supplementary material:

(see above for the recent and most relevant materials)

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Fertility rates in Austria: monthly trends since January 2002

 

Fertility rates in Vienna: Quarterly trends since 2002

 

Period total fertility rate in Austria and Vienna since 1951

 

Mean age at birth since 1984


 



 



 

 

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