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Sex preference and fertility : what is the link?

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Publication Date: January 1987

Publisher(s): East-West Center

Author(s): Bryant Robey

Series: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 2

Topic: Population and demographics (Family planning)

Type: Brief


A new method makes it possible to mreasure the impact of sex preference on fertility. A study based on the new method demonstrates that sex perference does not have as much influence on a nation's fertility levels as had previousoy been thought. This is the case because most couples achieve their minimum desired number of sons and daughters early in their childbearing careers, by sheer biological chance. These new findings have important policy implications.