Prenatal Sex Selection and Girls' Well-Being: Evidence from India

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Abstract

We study the impacts of prenatal sex selection on girls' well-being in India. We show that high sex ratios at birth reflect the practice of prenatal sex selection and apply a triple difference strategy to examine whether changes in health outcomes of girls relative to boys within states and over time are systematically associated with changes in sex-ratios at birth. We find that an increase in prenatal sex selection leads to a reduction in girls' malnutrition, in particular, underweight and wasting. We further explore various underlying channels linking between prenatal sex selection and girls' outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1261
Number of pages35
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume125
Issue number587
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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