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The curious case of son preference and household income in rural China

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Why is it that couples who have a son or whose last child is a son earn higher conditional income? To solve this curious case we tell a detective story: evidence of a phenomenon to be explained, a parade of suspects, a process of elimination from the enquiry, and then the denouement. Given the draconian family planning policy and a common perception that there is strong son preference in rural China, we postulate two main hypotheses: income-based sex selection making it more likely that riche...

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Published
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Not peer reviewed
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Author's Original

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Labour and Applied Microeconometrics
Oxford college:
St Edmund Hall
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Economics
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Institution:
Beijing Normal University
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Institution:
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School of Economics
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Series:
CSAE working paper series
Publication date:
2008-01-01
URN:
uuid:256a0733-a586-44f3-b9e2-3d19ec947d11
Local pid:
ora:2577

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