Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58533
Authors: 
Akbulut-Yuksel, Mevlude
Rosenblum, Daniel
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6273
Abstract: 
The liberalization of the Indian economy in the 1990s made prenatal ultrasound technology affordable and available to a large fraction of the population. As a result, ultrasound use amongst pregnant women rose dramatically in many parts of India. This paper provides evidence on the consequences of the expansion of prenatal ultrasound use on sex-selection. We exploit state-by-cohort variation in ultrasound use in India as a unique quasi-experiment. We find that sex-selective abortion of female fetuses is rising in states with a slow expansion of ultrasound relative to those states with a rapid expansion of ultrasound. Thus, our findings suggest that the recent rapid spread of ultrasound is not causing higher rates of sex-selection in India.
Subjects: 
ultrasound
sex-selective abortion
India
JEL: 
J13
J16
O1
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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