Where there is a will: Fertility behavior and sex bias in large families

Jain, T (2014) Where there is a will: Fertility behavior and sex bias in large families. Journal of Human Resources, 49 (2). pp. 393-423.

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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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Jain, T
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fertility; mortality; panel data; public health; rural area; rural society; survival
Subjects: Human Resources Management
Depositing User: LRC ISB
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 06:24
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 10:27
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/190
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jhr.2014.0009
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