A Comparative Analysis of Fertility Preferences
Edited by Stuart Gietel-Basten, John Casterline and Minja K. Choe
Chapter 6: Fertility preferences in Central Asia
The past and current population development of the countries of Central Asia has received surprisingly little attention from demographers. If few studies have focused on investigating the changes in marriage, fertility and mortality in one or more countries of the region, fertility preferences have been largely disregarded. This chapter offers an exploratory investigation of the fertility preferences in the five Central Asian countries. Using sample survey data, the analysis first examines the fertility intentions of women in Central Asia and considers then if their reported fertility intentions were implemented in their reproductive behaviours. The study reveals strong fertility desire for an additional child regardless of the number and composition of the children already born, as well as higher desire for boys. These preferences in the fertility intentions are somewhat implemented in the region, especially among women who have had at least two children and those are only girls. These results and the likely future development of fertility in the region are discussed in the light of the experience of the countries of the Caucasus.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.