• Publications
  • Influence
Son Preference, Sex Ratios, and Marriage Patterns
  • L. Edlund
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • 1 December 1999
Preference for sons over daughters is widespread in many Asian countries, for example, India, China, and South Korea. This paper models endogenous sex choice and shows that unbalanced sex ratios areExpand
Why Have Women Become Left-Wing? The Political Gender Gap and the Decline in Marriage
The last three decades have witnessed the rise of a pohtical gender gap in the United States wherein more women than men favor the Democratic party. We trace this development to the decline inExpand
A Theory of Prostitution
Prostitution is low‐skill, labor intensive, female, and well paid. This paper proposes a marriage market explanation to this puzzle. If a prostitute compromises her marriage market prospects, sheExpand
Chernobyl's Subclinical Legacy: Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout and School Outcomes in Sweden. NBER Working Paper No. 13347.
Prenatal exposure to Chernobyl fallout in Sweden is used as a natural experiment inducing variation in cognitive ability, suggesting that cognitive ability is compromised at radiation doses currently considered harmless. Expand
Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China
Abstract Since the introduction of the one-child policy in China in 1979, many more boys than girls have been born, foreshadowing a sizable bride shortage. What do young men unable to find wives do?Expand
Long-Term Effects of the 1959-1961 China Famine: Mainland China and Hong Kong
In the 1% sample of the 2000 Chinese Census, it is found that fetal exposure to acute maternal malnutrition had compromised a range of socioeconomic outcomes, including: literacy, labor market status, wealth and marriage market outcomes. Expand
Son Preference and the Persistence of Culture: Evidence from South and East Asian Immigrants to Canada
Preference for sons over daughters, evident in China's and South Asia's male sex ratios, is commonly rationalized by poverty and the need for old-age support. In this article we study South and EastExpand
Son-biased sex ratios in the 2000 United States Census
  • D. Almond, L. Edlund
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 15 April 2008
The found deviation in favor of sons among U.S.-born children of Chinese, Korean, and Asian Indian parents in the 2000 U.s. Census is interpreted to be evidence of sex selection, most likely at the prenatal stage. Expand
Chernobyl&Apos;S Subclinical Legacy: Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout and School Outcomes in Sweden
It is found that the cohort in utero during the Chernobyl accident had worse school outcomes than adjacent birth cohorts, and this deterioration was largest for those exposed approximately 8-25 weeks post conception. Expand
Trivers–Willard at birth and one year: evidence from US natality data 1983–2001
  • D. Almond, L. Edlund
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 7 October 2007
It is found that married, better educated and younger mothers bore more sons and infant deaths were more male if the mother was unmarried and young, and the role of infant mortality in shaping a TW pattern in the breeding population is highlighted. Expand