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Document Type
Working Papers
Publication Topic(s)
Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences
Country(s)
Ghana, Nigeria
Language
English
Author(s)
David O. Olaleye and Macro International Inc. Calverton, Maryland, USA
Publication Date
December 1993
Publication ID
WP7

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Abstract:

Two significant issues raised by non-numeric responses to the ideal family size question are examined in this study. The first is whether women who report non-numeric responses are indeed different from women who give numerical answers in ways that are likley to be related to their fertility and family planning behaviors and , thus, whether omitting them from the analyses biases the results. The second is whether the failure to provide numeric responses is a failure of survey technique, that is, would either better survey questions or in-depth interviewing in fact elicit numeric responses.