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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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CSAE (University of Oxford)
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Working Paper Series
Publication date:
2008-01-01
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English
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oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:13224
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2011-08-16

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