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On Adverse Sex Ratios in Some Indian States: A Note


  • Prabir C. Bhattacharya


The purpose of this note is to highlight certain facts about the sex ratio (the number of females per thousand males) of the population in some Indian states, especially those in the northeast of the country. The states in the northeast are ethnically, linguistically and culturally very distinct from the other states of India. We note that while female children survive better in the northeastern states than elsewhere in India, in older ages women seem to fare worse than men in these states. The sex ratio of the population in the age group birth to 6 years in the northeastern states is among the highest in the country, but that of the population in the age group 60 years and above is among the lowest. Some explanations are offered for the observed behaviour of the sex ratios in these states.

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  • Prabir C. Bhattacharya, 2009. "On Adverse Sex Ratios in Some Indian States: A Note," CERT Discussion Papers 0101, Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, Heriot Watt University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hwe:certdp:0901

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    sex ratio; northeast India; elderly women; survival disadvantage;

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    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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