Research in Progress (RIP): "Equalizing child sex ratios in India"



Nadia Diamond-Smith, UCSF

Date and Time

October 7, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

FSI Contact

Nicole Feldman

"Equalizing child sex ratios in India: Understanding the trends, distribution, composition, potential drivers, and impact on fertility"


Please note: All research in progress seminars are off-the-record. Any information about methodology and/or results is embargoed until publication.



I will present on the findings of my research on the changing patterns of child sex ratios in India, this includes an exploration of whether child sex ratios are improving in districts with the most uneven child sex ratios in recent years, and what factors are associated with this improvement. I also decompose the improvements in child sex ratios into improvements due to less sex selective abortion vs improved girl child mortality compared to boy child mortality. I then discuss initial findings on potential drivers of the improvement, with the hope to spark a discussion on other ways to think about these findings, specifically related to measuring the impact of policies. Finally, I will present some very preliminary findings from a work in progress on how sex preferences are impacting overall fertility in India.