Fewer births, but a boy at all costs: selective female abortion in Asia

Population and Societies

404, September 2004

Population & Societies has not so far turned its attention to the rising proportion of male births in Asia today. And yet it will have far-reaching social and demographic consequences, not just in the countries affected, but for all humankind: it bears remembering that China and India alone hold nearly 40% of the world population. Gilles Pison reflects here on the origin, scale and mechanisms of the phenomenon.

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