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Did the Great Recession affect sex ratios at birth for groups with a son preference?

Lee, Soohyung and Orsini, Chiara (2017) Did the Great Recession affect sex ratios at birth for groups with a son preference? Economics Letters, 154. pp. 48-50. ISSN 0165-1765

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.econlet.2017.02.014

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01651...
Additional Information: © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 11:14
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69532

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