Desirable Properties of an Unconventional Population Control Policy

Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 273-281, 2004

Posted: 18 Jul 2005

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Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - Department of Economics

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Abstract

A considerable amount of concern has now been expressed about the authoritarian population control policies adopted by Asian countries such as Vietnam, India, and particularly China. Many of these autocratic policies and certainly the Chinese one child policy have failed in part because the framers of these policies have tried to unsuccessfully circumvent a long standing cultural desire for male children. Consequently, in this paper, we first propose an unconventional population control policy that is sensitive to this cultural desire for male progeny. Next, we demonstrate that this policy is desirable because (i) it is likely to mitigate the missing girls problem, (ii) it leads to an equal proportion of females and males in the overall national population, and (iii) its adoption will eventually result in replacement fertility rates in the nation under study.

Keywords: Elementary Renewal Theorem, Population Control, Uncertainty

JEL Classification: J13, J11, D81

Suggested Citation

Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., Desirable Properties of an Unconventional Population Control Policy. Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 273-281, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=757464

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