Sex selection and fertility in a dynamic model of conception and abortion

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of prenatal sex selection on fertility through a stochastic dynamic model with uncertainty in conception as well as in gender, where a woman makes decisions on conception and abortion with or without gender detection tests (i.e. sex-selective or sex-unselective abortion). The paper shows that, when the cost of gender detection test falls, the sex ratio at birth rises due to more selective abortions, but fertility can rise or fall with rising sex ratio. Fertility may rise (fall) if there are more (less) women giving up unselective abortions for selective abortions than women giving up childbirths without test for selective abortions. Similarly the paper shows that the sex ratio can rise or fall, when fertility decreases as the cost of children increases. I test these propositions as well as their implications against micro survey data on the pregnancy history of Korean women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-67
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

abortion
fertility
sex ratio
gender
costs
Conception
Abortion
Fertility
pregnancy
uncertainty
history
Sex ratio
Costs

Keywords

  • Fertility
  • Gender control
  • Selective and unselective abortion
  • Sex selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Demography

Cite this

Sex selection and fertility in a dynamic model of conception and abortion. / Kim, Jinyoung.

In: Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 18, No. 1, 01.03.2005, p. 41-67.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{8fd63984c75d4e9a9f60668f949b4a57,
title = "Sex selection and fertility in a dynamic model of conception and abortion",
abstract = "This paper investigates the effect of prenatal sex selection on fertility through a stochastic dynamic model with uncertainty in conception as well as in gender, where a woman makes decisions on conception and abortion with or without gender detection tests (i.e. sex-selective or sex-unselective abortion). The paper shows that, when the cost of gender detection test falls, the sex ratio at birth rises due to more selective abortions, but fertility can rise or fall with rising sex ratio. Fertility may rise (fall) if there are more (less) women giving up unselective abortions for selective abortions than women giving up childbirths without test for selective abortions. Similarly the paper shows that the sex ratio can rise or fall, when fertility decreases as the cost of children increases. I test these propositions as well as their implications against micro survey data on the pregnancy history of Korean women.",
keywords = "Fertility, Gender control, Selective and unselective abortion, Sex selection",
author = "Jinyoung Kim",
year = "2005",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/s00148-004-0195-0",
language = "English",
volume = "18",
pages = "41--67",
journal = "Journal of Population Economics",
issn = "0933-1433",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sex selection and fertility in a dynamic model of conception and abortion

AU - Kim, Jinyoung

PY - 2005/3/1

Y1 - 2005/3/1

N2 - This paper investigates the effect of prenatal sex selection on fertility through a stochastic dynamic model with uncertainty in conception as well as in gender, where a woman makes decisions on conception and abortion with or without gender detection tests (i.e. sex-selective or sex-unselective abortion). The paper shows that, when the cost of gender detection test falls, the sex ratio at birth rises due to more selective abortions, but fertility can rise or fall with rising sex ratio. Fertility may rise (fall) if there are more (less) women giving up unselective abortions for selective abortions than women giving up childbirths without test for selective abortions. Similarly the paper shows that the sex ratio can rise or fall, when fertility decreases as the cost of children increases. I test these propositions as well as their implications against micro survey data on the pregnancy history of Korean women.

AB - This paper investigates the effect of prenatal sex selection on fertility through a stochastic dynamic model with uncertainty in conception as well as in gender, where a woman makes decisions on conception and abortion with or without gender detection tests (i.e. sex-selective or sex-unselective abortion). The paper shows that, when the cost of gender detection test falls, the sex ratio at birth rises due to more selective abortions, but fertility can rise or fall with rising sex ratio. Fertility may rise (fall) if there are more (less) women giving up unselective abortions for selective abortions than women giving up childbirths without test for selective abortions. Similarly the paper shows that the sex ratio can rise or fall, when fertility decreases as the cost of children increases. I test these propositions as well as their implications against micro survey data on the pregnancy history of Korean women.

KW - Fertility

KW - Gender control

KW - Selective and unselective abortion

KW - Sex selection

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=15444365933&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=15444365933&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s00148-004-0195-0

DO - 10.1007/s00148-004-0195-0

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:15444365933

VL - 18

SP - 41

EP - 67

JO - Journal of Population Economics

JF - Journal of Population Economics

SN - 0933-1433

IS - 1

ER -