Correlations between frequencies of kin

Thomas W. Pullum, Douglas A. Wolf

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Recent years have seen the development of formal and microsimulation models of the structure and dynamics of kin networks. These models generally assume uncorrelated fertility within and across generations. Several sets of real data, however, show positive correlations between the frequencies of various categories of kin. This paper uses formal models to calculate the correlations that will exist between certain categories of kin even if mothers and daughters have independent fertility. Mechanisms by which fertility might be transmitted from mothers to their daughters are considered and the implications for kin correlations are evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-409
Number of pages19
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography


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