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Document Type
Comparative Reports
Publication Topic(s)
Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender
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Arnold, Fred. 1997. Gender Preferences for Children. DHS Comparative Studies No. 23. Calverton, Maryland, USA: Macro International
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Publication Date
August 1997
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Parental preferences for daughters or sons exhibit a wide variety of patterns throughout the world. This report documents patterns and consequences of gender preferences in countries with DHS data. The report also provides a model of how to analyze DHS data on gender preferences. The findings are based on 57 DHS surveys in 44 countries, conducted from 1986 to 1995.


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