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Prenatal sex selection and girls’ well-being? evidence from India
The paper studies the impact of prenatal sex selection on the well-being of girls by analyzing changes in children?s nutritional status and mortality during the years since the diffusion of sex-selective abortion in India. We use the ratio of male to female births in the year and state in which a child was born as a proxy for parental access to prenatal sex-selection. Using repeated cross-sections from a rich survey dataset, we show that high sex ratios at birth reflect the practice of sex-selective abortion. We then exploit the large regional and time variations in the incidence of ...