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Multiple Partner Fertility in the United States: A Demographic Portrait

Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2017-45 and SIPP WP-280
Lindsay M Monte

Introduction

Multiple partner fertility (MPF) is defined as having children with more than one partner.  The 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation, a nationally representative panel study of individuals and households, is the first national survey to include a direct question about whether respondents are MPF parents.  Understanding the prevalence of such families is important given what we know about the socio-economic correlates of MPF and the ramifications of entering multiple partner fertility for both individuals and families.  In this paper, the new SIPP data are used to generate key benchmarks for a national sample, to present subpopulation estimates, and to describe the sample of parents with MPF and children in MPF families.

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