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Study Report

Study Number: QP-512-001-1-1-International-MPIDR-1950

Subject Area: Family Planning and Fertility

Bibliographic Citation: The human fertility database (HFD).  [machine-readable data file] / Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR)  [principal investigator(s)] / Max Planck Institute for Demography Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: HFD

Date Accessioned: 11/20/2009

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: HFD data files are organized by types (births, female exposure, age-specific fertility rate, mean age at birth, total fertility rate, cumulative fertility rates, parity progression ratios, fertility tables, population exposure by parity, conditional age-specific fertility rates, table man age at birth, and summary index of period fertility.) and countries and are in space delimited text format. Any interested HFD data user needs to fill out an online registration form with name and email address to obtain a password before any data can be downloaded. Visit to download HFD data and access its documents.

Access Status: Restricted

Date Ordered: 11/20/2009

Documentation: Visit this website for documents on the human fertility database (HFD)

Abstract: The Human Fertility Database (HFD) is a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID). The database aims at filling in the gaps in fertility data availability and comparability. The main goal of the database is to document changes and inter-country differences in fertility in the past and in the modern era. As of fall of 2009 HFD has data on Austria (1951-2008), Czech Republic (1950-2008), Netherlands (1950-2007), Russia (1959-2007), Sweden (1891-2007) and U.S.A. (1933-2005). When it is complete, the database will contain original data for around 35-40 countries or areas. The HFD is based on one and the same type of initial data: the original, officially registered, live birth counts by calendar year, age of the mother (and/or mother's year of birth, i.e. birth cohort) and, whenever possible, biological birth order. These data, together with the exposure population estimates mostly extracted from the Human Mortality Data base (HMD, and, selected population censuses and register data, are used for further computations defined by the uniform set of methods ( The major HFD output includes detailed age-specific fertility rates, total fertility rates and mean ages at birth, cohort and period fertility tables as well as selected aggregate indicators from these tables.

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