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Causes and implications of the recent increase in the reported sex ratio at birth in China

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Zeng Yi, ; Tu Ping, ; Gu Baochang, ; Xu Yi, ; Li Bohua, ; Li Yongping,
Published in: Population & Development Review
January 1, 1993

This article shows that the reported sex ratio at birth increased substantially in China during the 1980s. An application of the reverse survival method to data from the 1990 census, the 1987 One Percent Population Survey, and the 1988 Two-per-Thousand Fertility and Contraception Survey shows that sex-differential underreporting of births is the most important cause of the high reported sex ratio at birth in China. The increasingly high observed sex ratio of live births delivered at hospitals indicates that prenatal sex determination by ultrasound and other diagnostic techniques (widely available in China) is the second most important cause of the high reported sex ratios at birth. Sex-differential underreporting of births and sex-selective induced abortion after prenatal sex determination can explain almost all of the increase in the reported sex ratio at birth in China during the late 1980s, ruling out the possibility of widespread female infanticide. -from Authors

Duke Scholars

Published In

Population & Development Review

Publication Date

January 1, 1993

Volume

19

Issue

2

Start / End Page

283 / 302

Related Subject Headings

  • Demography
  • 4406 Human geography
  • 4404 Development studies
  • 4403 Demography
  • 1603 Demography
 

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Zeng Yi, ., Tu Ping, ., Gu Baochang, ., Xu Yi, ., Li Bohua, ., & Li Yongping, . (1993). Causes and implications of the recent increase in the reported sex ratio at birth in China. Population & Development Review, 19(2), 283–302.
Zeng Yi, A., A. Tu Ping, A. Gu Baochang, A. Xu Yi, A. Li Bohua, and A. Li Yongping. “Causes and implications of the recent increase in the reported sex ratio at birth in China.” Population & Development Review 19, no. 2 (January 1, 1993): 283–302.
Zeng Yi, Tu Ping, Gu Baochang, Xu Yi, Li Bohua, Li Yongping. Causes and implications of the recent increase in the reported sex ratio at birth in China. Population & Development Review. 1993 Jan 1;19(2):283–302.
Zeng Yi, A., et al. “Causes and implications of the recent increase in the reported sex ratio at birth in China.” Population & Development Review, vol. 19, no. 2, Jan. 1993, pp. 283–302.
Zeng Yi, Tu Ping, Gu Baochang, Xu Yi, Li Bohua, Li Yongping. Causes and implications of the recent increase in the reported sex ratio at birth in China. Population & Development Review. 1993 Jan 1;19(2):283–302.

Published In

Population & Development Review

Publication Date

January 1, 1993

Volume

19

Issue

2

Start / End Page

283 / 302

Related Subject Headings

  • Demography
  • 4406 Human geography
  • 4404 Development studies
  • 4403 Demography
  • 1603 Demography