Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161240
Authors: 
Lee, Soohyung
Orsini, Chiara
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10617
Abstract: 
This paper examines the extent to which the Great Recession affected gender composition at birth. We focus on ethnic minorities in the US known for a son preference Chinese, Indians, and Koreans. Using the DID method, we find that in response to the Great Recession, the fraction of newborn boys increased among Chinese Americans. Our results suggest that a cultural norm, namely son preference, may be directly affected by economic conditions.
Subjects: 
son preference
Great Recession
missing girls
sex ratios
fertility
JEL: 
J1
I1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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