Determinants of Stated Son Preference in India: Are Men and Women Different?

Marie-Claire Robitaille

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New sex-selective abortion technologies allow parents-to-be to implement their preference for sons more easily than in the past. With an unmet demand for sons in India, a better understanding of what leads respondents to prefer sons is important from a policy perspective. Stated son preference has seldom been studied in the past. Using data from NFHS3, I conclude that never-married women's preference for sons is strongly influenced by the financial worth of children, whereas never-married men's preference for sons is mainly influenced by non-financial reasons, including their perception of women, their religion and their caste. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-669
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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