Fertility decline and gender bias in northern India.

@article{Bhat2003FertilityDA,
  title={Fertility decline and gender bias in northern India.},
  author={P. N. Mari Bhat and A. J. Francis Zavier},
  journal={Demography},
  year={2003},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={
          637-57
        }
}
Although it is widely acknowledged that the preference for sons is a barrier to a decline in fertility, considerable disagreement exists as to what actually happens to this preference when fertility declines in a region of low female autonomy. By analyzing the data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), we present evidence from northern India to show that the preference for sons is reduced when the ideal family size becomes small, even though it does not completely disappear. This… 

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