The claim that China's fertility restrictions contributed to the use of prenatal sex selection: A sceptical reappraisal

  title={The claim that China's fertility restrictions contributed to the use of prenatal sex selection: A sceptical reappraisal},
  author={Daniel Goodkind},
  journal={Population Studies},
  pages={263 - 279}
  • D. Goodkind
  • Published 2 September 2015
  • Economics
  • Population Studies
Most observers assume that China's fertility restrictions contribute to the use of prenatal sex selection. I question the logic and evidence underlying that assumption. Experts often stress that China's low fertility is largely voluntary, and that fertility restrictions are an unneeded safety valve. Others claim that China's ‘1.5-child’ loophole, common throughout rural areas, reinforces son preference or intensifies prenatal sex discrimination by hardening fertility constraints. These claims… 
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