Explaining son preference in rural India: the independent role of structural versus individual factors

  title={Explaining son preference in rural India: the independent role of structural versus individual factors},
  author={Rohini P. Pande and Nan Marie Astone},
  journal={Population Research and Policy Review},
  • R. Pande, N. Astone
  • Published 14 March 2007
  • Economics
  • Population Research and Policy Review
Much research has been done on demographic manifestations of son preference, particularly girls’ excess mortality; however, there is less research that focuses on son preference itself. This paper analyzes the determinants of son preference in rural India. We separate the independent, relative effects of characteristics of individual women and their households, village opportunities for women and village development, and social norms. We look at both socioeconomic and sociocultural variables… 

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