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Missing women and India's religious demography

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  • Borooah, Vani
  • Do, Quy-Toan
  • Iyer, Sriya
  • Joshi, Shareen

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The authors use recent data from the 2006 National Family Health Survey of India to explore the relationship between religion and demographic behavior. They find that fertility and mortality vary not only between religious groups, but also across caste groups. These groups also differ with respect to socio-economic status. The central finding of this paper is that despite their socio-economic disadvantages, Muslims have higher fertility than their Hindu counterparts and also exhibit lower levels of infant mortality (particularly female infant mortality). This effect is robust to the inclusion of controls for non-religious factors such as socio-economic status and area of residence. This result has important policy implications because it suggests that India's problem of"missing women"may be concentrated in particular groups. The authors conclude that religion and caste play a key role in determining the demographic characteristics of India.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5096.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5096

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Keywords: Population Policies; Gender and Law; Gender and Health; Adolescent Health; Population&Development;

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Cited by:
  1. Adamou, Adamos & Drakos, Christina & Iyer, Sriya, 2013. "Missing Women in the United Kingdom," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1306, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  2. Carranza, Eliana, 2012. "Islamic inheritance law, son preference and fertility behavior of Muslim couples in Indonesia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5972, The World Bank.
  3. Adamos Adamou & Christina Drakos & Sriya Iyer, 2013. "Missing women in the United Kingdom," IZA Journal of Migration, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 1-19, December.

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