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Influence of Son Preference on Contraceptive Method Mix: Some Evidences from ‘Two Bengals’
Authors: Saswata Ghosh, and Sharifa Begum
Source: Asian Population Studies, 11(3):1-16; DOI: 10.1080/17441730.2015.1093749
Topic(s): Contraception
Fertility preferences
Son preference
Country: Asia
Published: NOV 2015
Abstract: Although the people of Bangladesh and the state of West Bengal in India share common cultural practices, they differ in contraceptive adoption and practice. The use of modern contraceptive methods among women and couples of the two Bengals differ from each other. The use of natural method is significantly higher among women and couples in West Bengal compared to that of their counterparts in Bangladesh. The study analyses data from Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) using sequential logit models. Results show that greater reliance on natural methods among women of West Bengal is related to higher preference for sons compared to that in Bangladesh.