On the estimation of female births missing due to prenatal sex selection.

Embargo End Date
2021-12-04

Type
Article

Authors
Guilmoto, Christophe Z
Chao, Fengqing
Kulkarni, Purushottam M

KAUST Department
Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division

Online Publication Date
2020-06-03

Print Publication Date
2020-05-03

Date
2020-06-03

Submitted Date
2020-01-17

Abstract
This research note is prompted by a paper by Kashyap (Is prenatal sex selection associated with lower female child mortality? Population Studies 73(1): 57-78). Kashyap's paper, which provides 40 original estimates of missing female births, relies on an alternative definition of missing female births, leading to estimates of about half the magnitude of other estimates. There appears, therefore, a real need to take stock of the concept of missing female births widely used by statisticians around the world for assessing the demographic consequences of prenatal sex selection. This research note starts with a brief review of the history of the concept and the difference between Amartya Sen's original method and the alternative method found elsewhere to compute missing female births. We then put forward three different arguments (deterministic and probabilistic approaches, and consistency analysis) in support of the original computation procedure based on the number of observed male births and the expected sex ratio at birth.

Citation
Guilmoto, C. Z., Chao, F., & Kulkarni, P. M. (2020). On the estimation of female births missing due to prenatal sex selection. Population Studies, 74(2), 283–289. doi:10.1080/00324728.2020.1762912

Publisher
Informa UK Limited

Journal
Population studies

DOI
10.1080/00324728.2020.1762912

PubMed ID
32489140

Additional Links
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00324728.2020.1762912

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