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The Effect of Age-Specific Sex Ratios on Crime: Instrumental Variable Estimates from India

Rashmi Barua (), Prarthna Goel () and Renuka Sane ()
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Prarthna Goel: Jawaharlal Nehru University Indraprastha University.

Working Papers from National Institute of Public Finance and Policy

Abstract: Using data from 1961 to 2001, we show the impact on crime of two age-specific sex ratios corresponding to pre-marital (ages 10 to 16) and marriageable (ages 20 to 26) age groups in India. To deal with the endogeneity of sex ratios, we use an Instrumental Variable (IV) strategy that exploits district level variation in historical area under wheat-rice cultivation, and time-variation in relative producer prices of wheat-rice. We find that an increase in 10-16 age sex ratio by one female per 1000 males leads to a 1.5

Keywords: Sex Ratio; Crime; Instrumental Variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J18 C26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32
Date: 2017-11
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Note: Working Paper 214, 2017
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