Peer and patronage effect on contraceptive use in indonesia

Dody Harris Darmawan, Teguh Dartanto

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There are still marginal and limited studies on the effects of peer and patronage in the adoption of contraception and the choice of contraception method in Indonesia. This study aims at investigating whether peer and patronage factors influence the adoption of contraception and the choice of method in Indonesia. Drawing data from the Indonesian Population and Family Control Network and PODES (Village Potential Census) 2014, we applied a logit and ordered logit model to confirm the significance of the influence of peer and patronage alongside demographic and geographical factors tied to contraception behavior in Indonesia. Our results transcend those of earlier studies in demonstrating that peer and patronage effects accompany demographic factors in correlating with the decisions of Indonesian women to use contraception and their choice of method. It further suggests that the Indonesian government needs to incorporate an understanding of all factors influencing contraceptive decisions when formulating family planning policies. By doing so, it could create a bandwagon effect that reduces birth rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-176
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Society
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Contraceptive choice
  • Family planning
  • Household behavior
  • Patronage effect
  • Peer effects


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