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

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Are We Measuring Son Preference Correctly?

Despite the reduction in son preference by half since the early 1990s, it has failed to exert a concomitant influence on the sex ratio at birth. This contradiction forms the premise of our attempts to validate the parallels between stated son preference and revealed son preference. This article divulges several lacunae associated with the questions designed to measure son preference in the National Family Health Survey questionnaire
and suggests alternate ways to study the prevalence of son preference in India.

Update on Trends in Sex Ratio at Birth in India

With additional data available at more regular intervals on sex ratio at birth, it is easier to track changes without depending on the decennial censuses. However, the diversity of sources also means differences in trends across sources and regions. A brief analysis of the latest available data is presented to identify the most recent trends and concerns in states that need attention, like north-western and eastern states of India.

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