volume 21, issue 3, P340-356 2005
DOI: 10.1093/oxrep/gri020
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S. Lundberg

Abstract: The prevalence of son preference and its implications for family behaviour in developing countries have received a great deal of scholarly attention, but child-gender bias is believed to be empirically unimportant in wealthy, non-traditional societies. Studies by sociologists and psychologists during the past 30 years, however, have documented consistent discrepancies between the behaviour of parents of sons and parents of daughters-boys tend to increase marital stability and marital satisfaction relative to g…

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