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sex-selective abortion and demography: lots of links

There is quite a discussion going on about the shifting global demographics due to gender-selective abortion.

Here are some links for anyone interested (feel free to provide additional ones):

Mara Hvistendahl (2011). Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men. PublicAffairs.

[Here's the VIMEO talk.] [Here's the Foreign Policy article.]

Valerie Hudson and Andrea Den Boer (2005).  Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population.  MIT Press.

Amartya Sen (2003).  Missing women—revisited: Reduction in female mortality has been counterbalanced by sex selective abortions. British Medical Journal.

Hesketh & Ching. (2005).  The Effect of China’s One-Child Family Policy after 25 Years.  New England Journal of Medicine.

Hesketh & Ching.  (2006). Abnormal Sex Ratios in Human Populations: Causes and Consequences.  PNAS.

Christophe Guilmoto (2009).  The Sex Ratio in Transition in AsiaPopulation and Development Review.

Wikipedia entry for sex-selective abortion.

NPR Story, In Asia, The Peril of Aborting Girls and Keeping Boys.

Some back-and-forth between Ross Douthat and Mara Hvistendahl.

Ross Douthat, 160 million and counting.

Mara Hvistendahl, Blaming abortion for disappearing girls.

Ross Douthat, Patriarchy, Liberty and the 160 Million.

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Written by teppo

July 10, 2011 at 4:39 am

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  1. Here’s a book review of Hvistendahl from the WSJ. The Journal book review, like the Douthat piece, (critically) discusses the extent to which abortion is used for selecting boys over girls. It’s a grim story regardless of your feelings about abortion.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576361691165631366.html

    David Hoopes

    July 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm


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