The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.
Name of survey: Bangladesh Fertility Survey
Executive agency: National Institute of Population Research and Training
Date of fieldwork: 1975-76
Universe: Ever-married women, -49
Coverage: National, 100%
Weights: Self-weighting within rural-urban domains
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 37,059, self-weighting within domains); Re-interview (n = 322); Community (n = 158 rural clusters)
A considerable range of economic data was collected in this survey. The number
of children (aged 5-12) at school and working, together with aspirations for
education of sons and daughters were ascertained. Household survey data have
been transferred to the SR file. These include ownership of dwelling, land,
cattle and specified household utilities.
Limited information on non-contraceptive proximate fertility determinants was
collected: the lengths of post-partum abstinence and amenorrhoea following the
last live birth; and the number of temporary spousal separations during the
A large number of interviews were tape recorded and 220 of these have been
analyzed (see reference 2 below) to provide an unusual insight into the
dynamics of the interview. A small re-interview survey was also conducted but
this has not been analyzed because of problems in the coding of the data.
Community data were collected successfully for 155 of the 160 rural clusters,
but three of these cannot be matched to the individual files. Data include:
access to family planning, health, educational and other facilities; economic
and agricultural characteristics; details of natural disasters since 1970.
Data may be used for academic research, provided that credit is given
in any publication resulting from the research to the agency that
conducted the survey and that two copies of any publication are sent to:
Dr. S. Waliullah
National Institute of Population
Research and Training
Public Use Files
Available files include the household members data and dictionary, and the individual standard recode data and dictionary, in the original WFS format. In addition, the individual standard recode data and dictionary dictionary are available in ISSA format.
The table below lists the file names and descriptions.
Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format
Ascii text file
1. Ministry of Health and Population Control, Bangladesh Fertility Survey
1975-76: First Report, Dhaka, 1978.
2. Thompson, L., M.N. Ali and J.B. Casterline, The Bangladesh Fertility
Survey: Evidence from Tape-Recorded Interviews, WFS Scientific Reports
no 41, 1982.
3. Al-Kabir, A., Effects of Community Factors on Infant and Child Mortality
in Rural Bangladesh, WFS Scientific Reports no 56, 1984.
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