Kakoli Das, INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES KOLKATA (IDSK))
Saswata Ghosh, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK)
The present study attempts to understand how the interplay between differential stopping behaviour and contraceptive use dynamics may have resulted in the convergence of rural-urban fertility in West Bengal, India. Using data from the National Family Health Surveys and employing sequential logit regressions, we were able to confirm that differential stopping behaviour, particularly among the rural women –by adopting contraception at first parity after having a boy, or choosing modern methods over natural methods at second parity after having two successive boys – maybe one of the factors that led to the rural-urban convergence of fertility.
Keywords: Fertility and childbirth, Econometrics, Family planning and contraception, Population geography
Presented in Session 91. Social Differences and Fertility