Ensuring Daughter Survival in Tamil Nadu, India

38 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2009 Last revised: 27 Sep 2010

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Sharada Srinivasan

University of Guelph

Arjun S. Bedi

Erasmus University Rotterdam - International Institute of Social Studies; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: August 8, 2010

Abstract

The south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is a relatively recent entrant to the list of Indian states exhibiting the phenomenon of ‘missing girls’. Notwithstanding the state’s relatively recent history of daughter elimination, the government and NGOs in Tamil Nadu have been active in terms of data collection to track gender differences in survival and in introducing interventions to prevent daughter elimination. Against this background, this paper has two aims. First, it provides a temporal and spatial analysis of patterns of daughter deficits in Tamil Nadu over the period 1996 to 2003. Second, it undertakes an examination of the modus operandi, underlying assumptions, strengths and weaknesses of various interventions and assesses their effect on daughter elimination.

Keywords: Declining sex ratios, daughter elimination, female infanticide, gender discrimination, interventions, Tamil Nadu, India, Asia

Suggested Citation

Srinivasan, Sharada and Bedi, Arjun S., Ensuring Daughter Survival in Tamil Nadu, India (August 8, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431308 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1431308

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