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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Bangladesh, 1975-76 (WFS)

The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.

Basic Information

  • 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%
  • Size: 6504
  • 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)

Additional Information

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 last year.

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.

Release Conditions

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
Director General
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.

File Description File Type
bdhm01.dat Household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
bdhm01.dct Codebook for household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
bdsr03.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
bdsr03.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
readmeh Brief description of the ISSA format data files Ascii text file Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
bdsr03h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
bdsr03h.dic Standard ISSA dictionary for ISSA format data (ISSA program is required to use this file) Binary file (requires ISSA program to use this file) Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key References

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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