Trends in prenatal sex selection and girls' nutritional status in India

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Abstract

We study whether changes in prenatal sex selection across regions in India are associated with changes in girls' nutritional status. We exploit geographic variation in the incidence of prenatal sex selection and apply a triple difference approach comparing changes in the nutritional status of girls relative to boys across regions and over time. We find a reduction in girls' malnutrition in regions with an increasing incidence of prenatal sex selection.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberifs022
Pages (from-to)348-372
Number of pages25
JournalCESifo Economic Studies
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Child health
  • Gender discrimination
  • Prenatal sex selection
  • Sex ratio at birth
  • Son preference
  • Ultrasound

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