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Explaining the Skewed Child Sex Ratio in Rural India: Revisiting the Landholding-Patriarchy Hypothesis
Authors: Perianayagam Arokiasamy, Srinivas Goli.
Source: Economic and Political Weekly, vol xlviI no 42
Topic(s): Fertility preferences
Son preference
Country: Asia
  India
Published: OCT 2012
Abstract: 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.