Measuring gender attitudes using list experiments

M. Niaz Asadullah, Elisabetta De Cao, Fathema Zhura Khatoon, Zahra Siddique

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We elicit adolescent girls’ attitudes towards intimate partner violence and child marriage using purposefully collected data from rural Bangladesh. Alongside direct survey questions, we conduct list experiments to elicit true preferences for intimate partner violence and marriage before age 18. Responses to direct survey questions suggest that very few adolescent girls in the study accept the practises of intimate partner violence and child marriage (5% and 2%). However, our list experiments reveal significantly higher support for both intimate partner violence and child marriage (at 30% and 24%). We further investigate how numerous variables relate to preferences for egalitarian gender norms in rural Bangladesh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-400
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Bangladesh
  • C13
  • C83
  • Child marriage
  • I15
  • Indirect response survey methods
  • Intimate partner violence
  • List experiment
  • O10

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