ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Revisiting the Landholding-Patriarchy Hypothesis

Explaining the Skewed Child Sex Ratio in Rural India

Examining the direct relevance of the landholding-patriarchy hypothesis to the dynamics of sex discrimination and family-building strategies in rural India, this paper presents evidence that indicates the child sex ratio varies greatly when stratified by size of household landholdings. The results suggest that this hypothesis can be effectively used to study the future implications of the process of demographic masculinisation in the country.

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