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Missing Women and India's Religious Demography


Vani K. Borooah


University of Ulster at Jordanstown - School of Economics and Politics

Quy-Toan Do


World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Sriya Iyer


University of Cambridge

Shareen Joshi


University of Chicago

October 1, 2009

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5096

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The authors use recent data from the 2006 National Family Health Survey of India to explore the relationship between religion and demographic behavior. They find that fertility and mortality vary not only between religious groups, but also across caste groups. These groups also differ with respect to socio-economic status. The central finding of this paper is that despite their socio-economic disadvantages, Muslims have higher fertility than their Hindu counterparts and also exhibit lower levels of infant mortality (particularly female infant mortality). This effect is robust to the inclusion of controls for non-religious factors such as socio-economic status and area of residence. This result has important policy implications because it suggests that India's problem of"missing women"may be concentrated in particular groups. The authors conclude that religion and caste play a key role in determining the demographic characteristics of India.

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Keywords: Population Policies, Gender and Law, Gender and Health, Adolescent Health, Population & Development

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Date posted: November 3, 2009  

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Borooah, Vani K. and Do, Quy-Toan and Iyer, Sriya and Joshi, Shareen, Missing Women and India's Religious Demography (October 1, 2009). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1498970

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Vani K. Borooah (Contact Author)
University of Ulster at Jordanstown - School of Economics and Politics ( email )
Newtownabbey
County Antrim BT37 OQB, Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
Quy Toan Do
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )
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Sriya Iyer
University of Cambridge ( email )
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Cambridge, CB3 9DD
United Kingdom
Shareen Joshi
University of Chicago ( email )
1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
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