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Did the Great Recession Affect Sex Ratios at Birth for Groups with a Son Preference?

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  • Lee, Soohyung

    () (Sogang University)

  • Orsini, Chiara

    () (London School of Economics)

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This paper examines the extent to which the Great Recession affected gender composition at birth. We focus on ethnic minorities in the US known for a son preference – Chinese, Indians, and Koreans. Using the DID method, we find that in response to the Great Recession, the fraction of newborn boys increased among Chinese Americans. Our results suggest that a cultural norm, namely son preference, may be directly affected by economic conditions.

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  • Lee, Soohyung & Orsini, Chiara, 2017. "Did the Great Recession Affect Sex Ratios at Birth for Groups with a Son Preference?," IZA Discussion Papers 10617, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp10617
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    1. Dettling, Lisa J. & Kearney, Melissa S., 2014. "House prices and birth rates: The impact of the real estate market on the decision to have a baby," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 110(C), pages 82-100.
    2. Jason Abrevaya, 2009. "Are There Missing Girls in the United States? Evidence from Birth Data," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 1(2), pages 1-34, April.
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    Keywords

    son preference; Great Recession; missing girls; sex ratios; fertility;

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    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health

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