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The Price of Gold: Dowry and Death in India

Bhalotra, Sonia and Chakravarty, Abhishek and Gulesci, Selim (2020) 'The Price of Gold: Dowry and Death in India.' Journal of Development Economics, 143. ISSN 0304-3878

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We provide evidence that dowry costs motivate son-preferring behaviors in India. Since gold is an integral part of dowry, we study parental responses to shocks in the world gold price. Exploiting monthly variation in gold prices across 35 years we find that monthly changes in gold prices lead to an increase in girl relative to boy neonatal mortality and that surviving girls are shorter. After the introduction of prenatal sex determination technology, we find that gold price shocks during pregnancy increase female foeticide.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dowry, gold, son preference, missing girls, neonatal mortality, commodity price shocks
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 12:46
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 12:15

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