Childbearing preferences are an important component driving childbearing behaviors at the individual level and fertility levels at the population level. Most work on childbearing preferences examines women’s plans, ignoring that men have their own fertility goals. In this profile, we consider men’s average actual + intended number of children (the number of children men already have plus the number they intend to have in the future) using the 2015-19 National Survey of Family Growth; when weighted, it represents the year 2017. We consider variation across age, race-ethnicity-nativity, and union status.
Guzzo, Karen Benjamin, "FP-21-15 Variation in Men’s Actual + Intended Number of Children" (2021). National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles. 258.
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