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The Age Distribution of Missing Women in India

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  • Siwan Anderson

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  • Debraj Ray

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Relative to developed countries, there are far fewer women than men in India. Estimates suggest that more than 25 million women are "missing". Sex selection at birth and the mistreatment of young girls are widely regarded as key explanations. A decomposition of missing women by age across the states of India is done. The state-wise variation in the distribution of missing women across the age groups makes it very difficult to draw simple conclusions to explain the missing women phenomenon in India. [BREAD Working Paper No. 326]. URL:[http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/papers/working/326.pdf].

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Keywords: South; East Asia; India; women; age; female mortality; girls; female deficit; age groups; death; females; males; population; reproductive ages; adulthood; childhood; Haryana; Rajasthan; Madhya Pradesh; Maharashtra; Bihar; Assam; adult; unbiased death rate; sex ratio; asian; developed countries; NFHS;

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  1. Jason Abrevaya, 2009. "Are There Missing Girls in the United States? Evidence from Birth Data," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 1(2), pages 1-34, April.
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  1. Astrid Sneyers & Anneleen Vandeplas, 2013. "Girl Power in Agricultural Production: How Much Does it Yield? A Case-Study on the Dairy Sector in India," Working Papers id:5562, eSocialSciences.

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