Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/119770
Authors: 
Denton, Frank T.
Spencer, Byron G.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
QSEP Research Report, McMaster University 452
Abstract: 
We explore the implications of male preference stopping rules for a stable population, and more generally the aggregate implications of higher male/female birth ratios. We begin by specifying nine alternative family stopping rules, derive their probability functions, and simulate the long-run effects on population growth rates and age and sex ratios. We then move away from the idea of explicit stopping rules and simulate the population effects of 81 alternative combinations of birth sex ratios and fertility rates under (implicit) preference for male children. The results show how male preference and fertility choices at the individual family level can affect the overall characteristics of a population.
Subjects: 
Male preference
Sex selection
Stopping rules
Population effects
JEL: 
J12
J13
C63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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