Hepatitis B Does Not Explain Male-Biased Sex Ratios in China

  title={Hepatitis B Does Not Explain Male-Biased Sex Ratios in China},
  author={E. Oster and G. Chen and Xinsen Yu and Wen-Yao Lin},
  journal={Public Health Law & Policy},
Earlier work (Oster, 2005) has argued, based on existing medical literature and analysis of cross country data and vaccination programs, that parents who are carriers of hepatitis B have a higher offspring sex ratio (more boys) than non-carrier parents. Further, since a number of Asian countries, China in particular, have high hepatitis B carrier rates, Oster (2005) suggested that hepatitis B could explain a large share { approximately 50% { of Asia's \missing women". Subsequent work has… Expand
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