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Speeding up for a son in Turkey
Authors: Marie-Claire Robitaille and Yigit Aydede
Source: Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, Volume 44, Issue 3; DOI:
Topic(s): Birth interval
Son preference
Country: Asia
Published: DEC 2022
Abstract: Son preference is known to influence fertility decisions, but very little is known about the prevalence of son preference in Turkey and its consequences for fertility behaviours. We use data from five waves of the Demographic and Health Survey and the Survey on Income and Living Conditions to show that son preference results in differential stopping behaviours and shorter birth spacing. Despite many public reforms promoting gender equality in Turkey, women and children are put at risk in the quest for a son. This result holds in all regions, in both urban and rural areas, and across the socio-economic spectrum.