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Sibling-Linked Data in the Demographic and Health Surveys
Authors: Sonia Bhalotra
Source: Economic and Political Weekly, VOL 43 No. 48 November 29 - December 05, 2008
Topic(s): Demographic indicators
Fertility
Pregnancy outcomes
Country: Asia
  India
Published: DEC 2008
Abstract: This paper highlights one aspect of the enormous but little-exploited potential of the Demographic and Health Surveys programme, namely, the use of data on siblings. Such data can be used to control for familylevel unobserved heterogeneity that might confound the relationship of interest, and to study correlations in sibling outcomes. It also discusses potential problems associated with the sibling data being derived from the retrospective fertility histories of mothers.