Explaining the Skewed Child Sex Ratio in Rural India: Revisiting the Landholding-Patriarchy Hypothesis
Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. XLVII, No. 42, October 2012
10 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2013 Last revised: 9 Aug 2013
Date Written: October 20, 2012
Examining the direct relevance of the landholding-patriarchy hypothesis to the dynamics of sex discrimination and family-building strategies in rural India, this paper presents evidence that indicates the child sex ratio varies greatly when stratified by size of household landholdings. The results suggest that this hypothesis can be effectively used to study the future implications of the process of demographic masculinisation in the country.
Keywords: Gender, Patriarchy, Sex Ratio, Child Sex Ratio, Sex Ratio at Birth, India
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