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Parental age and offspring mortality: negative effects of reproductive aging are outweighed by secular increases in longevity

Barclay, Kieron and Myrskylä, Mikko (2017) Parental age and offspring mortality: negative effects of reproductive aging are outweighed by secular increases in longevity. Population Studies. ISSN 0032-4728 (In Press)

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Abstract

As parental ages at birth continue to rise, concerns about the effects of fertility postponement on offspring are increasing as well. Advanced parental ages have been associated with negative health outcomes for offspring, including decreased longevity, due to reproductive ageing. The literature, however, has neglected to examine the potential benefits of being born at a later date. Secular declines in mortality mean that later birth cohorts are living longer. We analyse mortality over ages 30-74 among 1.9 million Swedish men and women born 1938-1960, and use a sibling comparison design that accounts for all time-invariant factors shared by the siblings. When incorporating cohort improvements in mortality, we find that those born to older mothers do not suffer any significant mortality disadvantage, and that those born to older fathers have lower mortality. These findings are likely to be explained by secular declines in mortality counterbalancing the negative effects of reproductive ageing.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rpst20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Population Investigation Committee
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 10:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84104

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