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Uncertainty and discrimination: Family structure and declining child sex ratios in rural India

Conference contribution
Authors Mattias Larsen
Pernille Gooch
Neelambar Hatti
Published in CEPED-CICRED-INED international conference on female deficity in Asia: trends and perspectives. 5-7 December 2005, Singapore
Publication year 2005
Published at Department of Peace and Development Research
Language en
Keywords sex ratio, female deficit, India
Subject categories Peace and development research


The main objective of the study is to analyse the underlying dynamics of the current trend of declining sex ratios for the age group 0-6. Karnataka in the south and Uttar Pradesh in the north have both had increases in overall sex ratio from 1991 to 2001. When looking at the sex ratios for the age group 0-6, however, one is struck by the difference. While the overall figures show small but definite increases, the 0-6 ratios have registered considerable decreases between 1991 and 2001. Like India as a whole, both Karnataka and UP show a slight improvement in overall sex ratio, but a large decline in the sex ratio for age group 0-6. However, the two states' respective ratios differ considerably, thus reflecting the welldocumented differences with higher ratios in the South and lower in the North. The study will focus on two areas in Karnataka and two areas in UP with differing trends in sex ratios. Read full project description (as a pdf-file)

Read more about the project Lives at Risk: Discrimination of female children in modern India

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