Fertility decline and gender inequality in Bangladesh

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Sajeda Amin, Population Council; Simeen Mahmud, BRAC Development Institute

This paper explores the influence of fertility decline on a range of gender equity indicators in Bangladesh using qualitative and quantitative sources. The main analysis relies on a series of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) to examine spatial patterns in the outcomes of interest at the district level, constrasting between districts characterized by early and late fertility decline.

The abstract is available here. This research is part of a series of empirical studies from the Fertility and Empowerment Network, which is examining whether and to what extent increasingly smaller family sizes in lower and middle income countries have empowered women or resulted in fundamental transformations in inequitable gender systems.