Sex-selective abortions and infant mortality in India: the role of parents’ stated son preference

Robitaille, Marie-Claire and Chatterjee, Ishita (2018) Sex-selective abortions and infant mortality in India: the role of parents’ stated son preference. Journal of Development Studies, 54 (1). pp. 47-56. ISSN 1743-9140

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Abstract

In India, millions of female foetuses have been aborted since the 1980s alongside an abnormally high infant girl mortality rate; this has generated a vast literature exploring the root causes of son preference. The literature is sparse, however, on how the decisions to abort or neglect girls are made. This paper examines mothers’ and fathers’ respective roles behind those decisions. Using NFHS-3 data, we show that sex- selective abortions are most commonly used if both spouses or if only the fathers prefer sons, while sex-selective neglect is used if only the mothers prefer sons.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Development Studies on 13 October 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00220388.2016.1241389.
Keywords: India, infant mortality, sex-selective abortions, son preference.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: 10.1080/00220388.2016.1241389
Depositing User: YUAN, Ziqi
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2018 14:51
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2018 14:53
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48875

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