Influence of Older Generation's Fertility Behaviours on Daughter's Desired Family Size in Bihar, India. VID Working Paper 04/2014

Kumar A, Bordone V, & Muttarak R (2014). Influence of Older Generation's Fertility Behaviours on Daughter's Desired Family Size in Bihar, India. VID Working Paper 04/2014. Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

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Abstract

This paper investigates the associations between preferred family size of married women aged 16-34 in rural Bihar (India) and the fertility behaviours of their biological mother and mother-in-law. This information is based on scheduled interviews of 450 pairs of index women (i.e. women central in our analysis) and their mother-in-laws conducted in 2011. Preferred family size is first measured by Coombs scale, allowing us to capture latent desired number of children, and then categorized into three categories (low, medium, and high). Ordered logistic regression is employed to estimated the preferred family size of index women. We find that family size preferences of index woman is not associated with mother's fertility but with mother's education. Mother-in-law's desired number of grandchildren is positively associated with preferred family size of index woman and remains significant even after controlling for relevant socioeconomic characteristics. However, in the case where index woman has higher education than her mother-in-law, her preferred family size gets smaller. This suggests that education may provide women with greater autonomy in their decision making on childbearing.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coombs scale; Desired family size; India; Intergenerational transmission; Mother-in-law
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)
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Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:51
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2016 10:22
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11181

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