Medical studies have found a close relationship to low birth weight and cardiovascular diseases at later stages in life. Both of these causes are far greater than maternal mortality and abortion of fetuses, though "Injuries" may be directly related to gender discrimination. This also ties to the fact that it is easier for men in India to get high paying jobs and provide financially for their families. In more rural areas where farming is labor-intensive and couples depend on male offspring to take care of them in old age, males children are preferred to females. Additionally, the technological progress leading to sex selective abortions lowers the cost of discrimination and many people think that it is better to pay a " rupees now abortion instead of 50, rupees in the future dowry. In the Punjab region, girls did not receive inferior treatment if a girl was born as a first child in a given family, when the parents still had high hopes for obtaining a son later. Furthermore, most prior medical studies did not use a sufficiently high number of observations to convincingly estimate the magnitude of the relationship.
However, if the first child was female, the subsequent children had a much higher probability of being male, indicating that conscious parental choice was involved in determining the sex of the child. In line with the studies of Das Gupta described above, as income increases the bias in the sex ratio towards boys decreases. Women are also often practically unable to inherit real estate, so a mother-widow will lose her family's in reality her late husband's plot of land and become indigent if she had had only daughters. However, the largest bracket of missing women is in the age group, suggesting discrimination factors at work in accordance to Sen's original theories. Poor rural families have meager resources to distribute among their children, which reduces the opportunity to discriminate against girls. Women can be doubly exploited in some cases: In the other direction, migration, especially to GCC countries, has become a larger issue for sex ratio estimates. Michel Garenne reports that many African nations have, over decades, witnessed birth sex ratios below , that is more girls are born than boys. However, subsequent births of girls were unwelcome, because each such birth diminished a chance of the family having a son. James's hypothesis is supported by historical birth sex ratio data before technologies for ultrasonographic sex-screening were discovered and commercialized in the s and s, as well by reversed sex ratios currently observed in Africa. Even if these daughters are educated and generate significant income, they have limited ability to interact with their natal families. In the Punjab region, girls did not receive inferior treatment if a girl was born as a first child in a given family, when the parents still had high hopes for obtaining a son later. However, globally, resources are not always allocated equitably. Furthermore, Das Gupta documented that the gender birth order was significantly different conditional on the sex of the first child. Just as Sen believed, in their study they find no evidence to impute the missing women to birth discrimination such as sex-selective abortions or neglect. They found that as women participated more in the work force and maintained their unpaid labor the sex ratio disparity grew, contrary to Sen's original prediction. This female-specific wage boost also increases parents' investment in female children, with female children gaining 0. While the disease is fairly uncommon in US and Europe, it is endemic in China and very common in other parts of Asia. Therefore, women and their families have to compete for men and pay a dowry as a transaction payment to make up for the lack of productive inputs they bring into a marriage. Sen refers to this inequality as "high tech sexism. The outcome is pareto optimal and reaches equilibrium when no one can be better off with any other partner or choosing not to marry. They predict that prospects for girls in the marriage market may become so auspicious that bearing female children may be seen as a positive rather than a negative. In a study, Hesketh found crime rates to not differ significantly from areas with known higher populations of excess men. India's Son Preference Leads to High Sex Ratio[ edit ] There is a strong son preference in India and this leads to a high sex ratio prioritizing male lives over female lives. This is especially true in the medical care given to men and women, as well as prioritizing who gets food in less privileged families, leading to lower survival rates than if both genders were treated equally.
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