ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Explaining the Skewed Child Sex Ratio in Rural India

Revisiting the Landholding-Patriarchy Hypothesis

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.

We thank the Population Association of America for providing funding to attend the PAA 2010 annual meeting where an early version of this paper was presented. We also thank Sunita Kishor, ICF International, for her valuable suggestions and the anonymous reviewers for their excellent feedback, which helped to improve this paper. However, none of them are responsible for any errors or for the opinions expressed in this paper.

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