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The Indian Ultrasound Paradox

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  • Akbulut-Yuksel, Mevlude

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    (Dalhousie University)

  • Rosenblum, Daniel

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    (Dalhousie University)

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The liberalization of the Indian economy in the 1990s made prenatal ultrasound technology affordable and available to a large fraction of the population. As a result, ultrasound use amongst pregnant women rose dramatically in many parts of India. This paper provides evidence on the consequences of the expansion of prenatal ultrasound use on sex-selection. We exploit state-by-cohort variation in ultrasound use in India as a unique quasi-experiment. We find that sex-selective abortion of female fetuses is rising in states with a slow expansion of ultrasound relative to those states with a rapid expansion of ultrasound. Thus, our findings suggest that the recent rapid spread of ultrasound is not causing higher rates of sex-selection in India.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6273.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6273

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Keywords: ultrasound; sex-selective abortion; India;

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  1. Daniel Rosenblum, 2013. "The effect of fertility decisions on excess female mortality in India," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 26(1), pages 147-180, January.
  2. Yuyu Chen & Hongbin Li & Lingsheng Meng, 2013. "Prenatal Sex Selection and Missing Girls in China: Evidence from the Diffusion of Diagnostic Ultrasound," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 48(1), pages 36-70.
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  1. Milazzo, Annamaria, 2014. "Why are adult women missing ? son preference and maternal survival in India," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 6802, The World Bank.

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