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Ensuring Daughter Survival in Tamil Nadu, India


  • Sharada Srinivasan
  • Arjun S. Bedi


The South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is a relatively recent addition to the list of Indian states to experience the phenomenon of “missing girls”. Nonetheless, the government and non-governmental organizations in the state have been active for some time in collecting data to track gender differences in survival and in introducing interventions to prevent daughter elimination. Against this background, this article has two aims. First, it provides a temporal and spatial analysis of patterns of daughter deficits in Tamil Nadu over the period 1996--2003. Second, it undertakes an examination of the modus operandi, underlying assumptions, strengths and weaknesses of various interventions and assesses their effect on daughter elimination.

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  • Sharada Srinivasan & Arjun S. Bedi, 2011. "Ensuring Daughter Survival in Tamil Nadu, India," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(3), pages 253-283, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:39:y:2011:i:3:p:253-283
    DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2011.594500

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    1. Sharada Srinivasan & Arjun Singh Bedi, 2008. "Daughter Elimination in Tamil Nadu, India: A Tale of Two Ratios," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(7), pages 961-990.
    2. Waldron, Ingrid, 1983. "Sex differences in human mortality: The role of genetic factors," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 17(6), pages 321-333, January.
    3. Arjun Singh Bedi & Sharada Srinivasan, 2009. "Tackling Daughter Deficits in Tamil Nadu, India," CEDI Discussion Paper Series 09-07, Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University.
    4. Stephan Klasen & Claudia Wink, 2003. ""Missing Women": Revisiting The Debate," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(2-3), pages 263-299.
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