Stephan Klasen, 30 August 2008

Robert Barro and Steven Levitt, in their role as popular columnists, promoted a Harvard graduate student’s article which refuted Amartya Sen’s claim that discrimination accounted for the 100 million “missing women”. In his role as editor, Levitt published the article in the Journal of Political Economy. Now that the article’s central claim has been refuted – most notably by its author – it’s time to tell the ‘morality tale’.

Stephan Klasen, 28 August 2008

More than 100 million women are “missing” in developing countries. A popular paper recently attributed unbalanced sex ratios at birth, particularly in China, to Hepatitis B. This column summarises a large body of evidence refuting that claim. Discrimination, not biology, remains to blame.

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