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Where There Is a Will: Fertility Behavior and Sex Bias in Large Families

Where There Is a Will: Fertility Behavior and Sex Bias in Large Families This paper demonstrates that the social institutions of lineage maintenance, patrilocality, and joint families have a significant role in explaining sex differences in survival and health outcomes in rural India. Tests using panel data from rural households support this explanation, which accounts for 7 percent of excess female mortality in Haryana and Rajasthan and 4 percent in Punjab. An institutional explanation suggests limits on the role for public policy in addressing large sex differences in health and mortality outcomes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

Where There Is a Will: Fertility Behavior and Sex Bias in Large Families

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 49 (2) – Apr 23, 2014

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates that the social institutions of lineage maintenance, patrilocality, and joint families have a significant role in explaining sex differences in survival and health outcomes in rural India. Tests using panel data from rural households support this explanation, which accounts for 7 percent of excess female mortality in Haryana and Rajasthan and 4 percent in Punjab. An institutional explanation suggests limits on the role for public policy in addressing large sex differences in health and mortality outcomes.

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Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Apr 23, 2014

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