Epicentres of missing daughters: Geo-spatial dimensions of the child sex ratio in India

Kuzhiparambil, Asha and Rajani, Mandyam B (2012) Epicentres of missing daughters: Geo-spatial dimensions of the child sex ratio in India. Asian Population Studies, 8 (3). pp. 265-280. ISSN 1744-1730

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    Abstract: The spatial spread of the female child deficit in India has been explored in terms of hot spots (with high deficits) and cold spots (with more female-favourable child sex ratios). It has been argued, using the Census of India data from individual censuses, that there is a contagion effect for both hot spots and cold spots. This paper takes this discussion forward by asking whether such an effect can be seen across censuses. To do so, it develops the concept of an epicentre to see whether a hot or cold spot in one census spreads shock waves across a wider region in later censuses. The longitudinal analysis of child sex ratios over three censuses—1991, 2001 and 2011—shows that the hot spots are epicentres for the spread of female child deficits, while the cold spots display a reverse effect.
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    Keywords: female child deficit, child sex ratio (CSR), India, epicentre, shock waves, geo-spatial analysis
    Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Economics
    Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
    Depositing User: NIAS IR Administrator
    Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 05:43
    Last Modified: 08 May 2015 10:01
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/341

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