Contraceptive use in Matlab, Bangladesh: the role of gender preference

M. Rahman, J. Akbar, J. F. Phillips, S. Becker

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Research in several Asian societies has suggested that sons are generally preferred over daughters. The implications of gender preferences for actual fertility behavior have not been adequately investigated, however. This analysis examines the effect of the sex composition of surviving children on the acceptance and discontinuation of contraception in a sample of 3145 women in Matlab, Bangladesh, who were observed for 60 months. Hazards regression analyses are employed in the analysis. Strong and highly significant effects of gender preference on contraceptive use are observed. The preference is not monotonically son-biased but is moderated towards a balanced composition, because parents desire to have several sons and at least one daughter. These findings suggest that gender preferences, particularly a preference for sons, represent a significant barrier to fertility regulation in rural Bangladesh. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-242
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in family planning
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Contraceptive use in Matlab, Bangladesh: the role of gender preference'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this