"Gender and Perinatal Health Among 1 Million American-Born Chinese," is the subject of a talk by Douglas Almond, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University.
Little is known about early childhood health in China because comprehensive data on perinatal outcomes are unavailable. We consider perinatal health among Chinese births in the United States using birth certificate, hospital discharge, and mortality records. Consistent with the previous work analyzing U.S. Census data, we find sex ratios that are above the biological norm of 1.05 males per female, particularly at higher parities.
We decompose heightened sex ratios according to the timing of implied female attrition and argue that elevated sex ratios are not solely the result of sex selective abortion. Finally, we consider pregnancy, birth outcomes, and hospital treatments among Chinese newborns in the United States and argue that they mirror the patterns observed for sex ratios.
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