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India's Falling Sex Ratios

  • Peter Mayer
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    The proportion of females in India's population, low compared to other countries, reached its lowest level this century in the 1991 census. India's low sex ratios-defined here as the number of females relative to the number of males-have been scrutinized for well over a century. The persistent decline in the twentieth century has been the subject of renewed investigation and critical comment over the past two decades. While many explanations for the decline have been offered, almost without exception these have not addressed the causes of the nearly continuous fall observed since 1901. Several possible long-term changes are investigated in this note. The author argues that India's declining sex ratio is primarily an artifact of the dynamics of India's population growth. Copyright 1999 by The Population Council, Inc..

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    Article provided by The Population Council, Inc. in its journal Population and Development Review.

    Volume (Year): 25 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 323-343

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