The Disappearing Nutritional Bias Against Chinese Girls

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John A. Bishop

East Carolina University - College of Business

Lester A. Zeager

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates whether China has reached postnatal nutrient intake equality between boys and girls, despite an exceptionally high ratio of boys to girls at birth, after dramatic technological advances in prenatal sex determination, rapid increases in income, and improved educational opportunities for females. Dominance methods applied to data from the Chinese Health and Nutrition Surveys (selected years 1991-2004) reveal no bias in calorie consumption between girls and boys. We find some weak evidence of protein bias toward boys in 1991, but it disappeared by 2004.

JEL Classification: I32, O15, N35

Suggested Citation

Bishop, John A. and Zeager, Lester, The Disappearing Nutritional Bias Against Chinese Girls (July 2011). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 461-468, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1871530 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2010.00200.x

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