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How can economic schemes curtail the increasing sex ratio at birth in China?

  • Debarun Bhattacharjya

    (Stanford University)

  • Anant Sudarshan

    (Stanford University)

  • Shripad Tuljapurkar

    (Stanford University)

  • Ross Shachter

    (Stanford University)

  • Marcus Feldman

    (Stanford University)

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    Fertility decline, driven by the one-child policy, and son preference have contributed to an alarming difference in the number of live male and female births in China. We present a quantitative model where people choose to sex-select because they perceive that married sons are more valuable than married daughters. Due to the predominant patrilocal kinship system in China, daughters-in-law provide valuable emotional and financial support, enhancing the perceived present value of married sons. We argue that inter-generational transfer data will help ascertain the extent to which economic schemes (such as pension plans for families with no sons) can curtail the increasing sex ratio at birth.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 54 (October)
    Pages: 1831-1850

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:19:y:2008:i:54
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    1. Monica Das Gupta & Jiang Zhenghua & Li Bohua & Xie Zhenming & Woojin Chung & Bae Hwa-Ok, 2003. "Why is Son preference so persistent in East and South Asia? a cross-country study of China, India and the Republic of Korea," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(2), pages 153-187.
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