Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27458
Authors: 
Klasen, Stephan
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion papers // Ibero America Institute for Economic Research 168
Abstract: 
This paper discusses two recent controversies surrounding levels and trends in the number of missing women in the world. First, the impact of fertility decline on gender bias in mortality is examined. Contrary to the expectations of some authors, fertility decline has not generally led to an intensification of gender bias in mortality. Second, the paper finds that the claim that a substantial portion of missing women is due to higher sex ratios at birth linked to hepatitis B prevalence in the affected regions is on rather weak foundations, while there is substantial evidence countering this claim.
Subjects: 
Missing women
fertility decline
Hepatitis B
sex-selective abortions
gender bias in mortality
JEL: 
J16
J71
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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