Understanding the Indian sex ratio: a simulation approach


Griffiths, Paula, Matthews, Zoe and Hinde, Andrew (1999) Understanding the Indian sex ratio: a simulation approach. Demography, 37, (4), 477-488.

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The highly masculine sex ratio in India has increased substantially in the twentieth century, in contrast to most other countries in the world. Competing arguments alternatively posit underenumeration, highly masculine sex ratios at birth, or excess female mortality throughout the life course as the factors underlying the level of the overall sex ratio; these arguments have not been resolved.

Based on population projections that simulate population dynamics, our findings show that small differences in mortality at young ages, persisting
over a long period, as well as a sex ratio at birth of 106 males
per 100 females, result in a highly masculine population sex ratio.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0070-3370 (print)
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 34267
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:21
Contact Email Address: Z.Matthews@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34267

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