On the Tradeoff between Cultural Sensitivity and Aggregate Size in Population Control Policy

11 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2004

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Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - Department of Economics

Hamid Beladi

University of Texas at San Antonio - College of Business - Department of Economics

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Date Written: January 2004

Abstract

Recently, Batabyal (2003) has proposed an unconventional population control policy that is sensitive to the cultural desire for male progeny in many Asian nations. Although Batabyal's (2003) proposed policy is culturally sensitive, a potential problem with this policy is that the aggregate size of the national population that is sought to be controlled may be quite high. Consequently, in this note we address the tradeoff between cultural sensitivity and aggregate population size. Specifically, we analyze the properties of a modified policy that is desirable not only because it is culturally sensitive but also because it caps the aggregate size of individual families and thereby the size of the national population.

Keywords: Aggregate Size, Cultural Sensitivity, Missing Girls, Population Policy

JEL Classification: J13, J11, D81

Suggested Citation

Batabyal, Amitrajeet A. and Beladi, Hamid, On the Tradeoff between Cultural Sensitivity and Aggregate Size in Population Control Policy (January 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=491243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.491243

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