About the Project
The Human Fertility Database
Directors: Vladimir M. Shkolnikov (MPIDR) and Tomáš Sobotka (VID)
Founding Director: Joshua R. Goldstein (UC Berkeley, formerly MPIDR)
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Human Fertility Data Project team invites contributions to the 2nd HFD Symposium on “Population-level fertility research: State of the art” to be held at the Wissenschaftsforum in Berlin, Germany, on 23-24 June 2016. Please see Call for papers .
The Human Fertility Database (HFD) is a joint project of the
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany
and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) in Vienna, Austria, based
at MPIDR. We seek to provide free and user-friendly access to detailed and high-quality data on period and cohort fertility and thus to
facilitate research on changes and inter-country differences in fertility in the past and in the modern era. The HFD is entirely based on
official vital statistics and places a great emphasis on data checking and documentation and on warranting data comparability across time and
countries by means of uniform methodology. Read more
The MPIDR and the VID also collaborate on the Human Fertility Collection (www.fertilitydata.org), which is supplementing the HFD. The HFC incorporates a variety of valuable fertility data from diverse, not necessarily official, data sources. The major responsibility for the quality of data entering the HFC rests with data producers/providers. Therefore, HFC data, unlike those in the HFD, might be of lower quality.
For users who seek fast access to the most commonly used summary indicators of period and cohort fertility, we provide excel tables comprising the following indicators for all the HFD countries:
We seek to provide open, international access to these data. At present, the database contains detailed period and cohort fertility data for the following countries:
The HFD will be continually updated and more countries will be added with time.
Below we present countries which are on our "coming next" list.
For these countries we provide only age-specific fertility rates based on the original official data.
Please be aware that these data have not been fully processed, checked, and corrected and may not be free of mistakes
For more information, please begin by reading an overview of the database. If you have comments or questions, or trouble gaining access to the data, please contact us.
Joint project of
the MPIDR and the VID,
based at the MPIDR