Oxford Review of Economic Policy volume 23, issue 2, P221-238 2007 DOI: 10.1093/oxrep/grm016 View full text
V. Bhaskar, B. Gupta

Abstract: We review the evidence on the sex ratio among children below the age of six. International evidence shows that the sex ratio at birth is slightly biased towards boys, but boys suffer greater mortality, a pattern consistent with Darwinian evolution. With economic development, the male bias in the child sex ratio increases. South and East India show levels and trends in the child sex ratio that are consistent with this evidence. However, unbalanced sex ratios in the northern and western states since the first ce…

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