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Explaining regional fertility variations in the Philippines

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Title: Explaining regional fertility variations in the Philippines
Authors: Westley, Sidney B.
Palmore, James A.
Retherford, Robert D.
LC Subject Headings: Fertility, Human - Philippines
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Series/Report no.: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 36
Abstract: The recent National Demographic Survey (NDS) in the Philippines revealed wide variations in total fertility rates (TFR) for individual regions--from a low TFR of 2.8 in Manila to a high of 5.9 in Bicol. A detailed analysis of survey results showed that several factors other than contraceptive prevalence influenced levels of fertility. These included age at first marriage, infecundity, and the use of relatively ineffective contraceptive methods. To design effective family planning programs, policymakers need to understand the relative importance of all the factors that contribute to high fertility and how these factors vary at the regional and local levels.
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Pages/Duration: 4 pages
ISSN: 0891-6683
Appears in Collections:Asia-Pacific Population & Policy

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