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The Age Distribution of Missing Women in India

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  • Siwan Anderson

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  • Debraj Ray

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Relative to developed countries, there are far fewer women than men in India. Estimates suggest that more than 25 million women are "missing". Sex selection at birth and the mistreatment of young girls are widely regarded as key explanations. A decomposition of missing women by age across the states of India is done. The state-wise variation in the distribution of missing women across the age groups makes it very difficult to draw simple conclusions to explain the missing women phenomenon in India. [BREAD Working Paper No. 326]. URL:[http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/papers/working/326.pdf].

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  • Siwan Anderson & Debraj Ray, 2012. "The Age Distribution of Missing Women in India," Working Papers id:4842, eSocialSciences.
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