A brief background to the study is provided. The aim of the study was to assess the extent of son preference in Nepal using the sex ratio at last birth as a basis. Also it aimed to estimate the depressing effect that son preference has on contraceptive use and to what extent fertility is maintained at a high level by continuing son preference. Further investigation focused on the characteristics of women who stop childbearing after the birth of a son. Data for this study came from the 1996 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey. The results are described and conclusions and policy implications briefly discussed.
University of Southampton. Son preference is alive in Nepal, limiting contraceptive use and keeping fertility high: Evidence from Nepali survey data. (2003) Opportunities and Choices Factsheet 20, 2 pp.