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