A Multinomial Model of Fertility Choice and Offspring Sex Ratios in India
AbstractWe use the fertility histories of over 70,000 Indian women from the Third National Family and Health Survey to investigate the relationship between family size and offspring sex ratios in India. We find that families with three or more children exhibit gender equality in offspring sex ratios. In families with one or two children, however, there are less than 800 daughters for every 1000 sons. Thus, we find an 'intensification' effect�-�namely, a positive correlation between family size and female-male offspring sex ratios. Our results indicate that greater wealth and paternal education may increase parents' access to and affordability of sex-selection technologies, thereby allowing them to choose both the sex of their children as well as a smaller family size.
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Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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- Rubiana Chamarbagwala & Martin Ranger, 2007. "A Multinomial Model of Fertility Choice and Offspring Sex-Ratios in India," Caepr Working Papers 2007-022, Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington.
- J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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