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.

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.


    David Hoopes

    July 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

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