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The neolithic revolution and contemporary sex ratios

Per Fredriksson () and Satyendra Kumar Gupta

Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 173, issue C, 19-22

Abstract: This study establishes a positive and robust association between the present-day country-level male-to-female sex ratio (at birth, 0–4, 0–14 year olds) and the pre-colonial experience with sedentary agricultural activities (the Neolithic Revolution). In comparison, historical plough use has a less robust impact on the sex ratio at birth, but a positive association for the 0–4 and 0–14 age groups.

Keywords: Agricultural transition; Neolithic revolution; Plough; Sex ratio; Gender bias; Historical persistence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J10 N50 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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