Economic Survey 2017: Volume I, Chapter 7: Gender and Son Meta-Preference: Is Development Itself an Antidote?
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The challenge of gender is long-standing, probably going back millennia, so all stakeholders are collectively responsible for its resolution. India must confront the societal preference, even meta-preference for a son, which appears inoculated to development. The skewed sex ratio in favor of males led to the identification of â€œmissingâ€ women. But there may be a meta-preference manifesting itself in fertility stopping rules contingent on the sex of the last child, which notionally creates â€œunwantedâ€ girls, estimated at about 21 million. Consigning these odious categories to history soon should be societyâ€™s objective. The governmentâ€™s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Sukanya Samridhi Yojana schemes, and mandatory maternity leave rules are all steps in the right direction.
Keywords: Gender; Son Meta-Preference; Development; Child Sex Ratio (CSR); India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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