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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 1999


Local EPrints ID: 34267
ISSN: 0070-3370
PURE UUID: bbba9e2a-c6db-454c-a3f7-3beded980c4e

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Date deposited: 27 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:50

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Author: Paula Griffiths
Author: Zoe Matthews
Author: Andrew Hinde

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