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Parental Preference for Sons and Daughters in a Western Industrial Setting: Evidence and Implications

Kippen, Rebecca; Evans, Heather (Ann); Gray, Edith


This paper considers whether sex composition of existing children in Australian families is an important factor in parity progression. Using census data from 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001, women are linked with their co-resident children, allowing investigation of family sex composition and its changing impact over time on the propensity to have another child. The study finds that parents are much more likely to have a third and fourth birth if existing children are all of the same sex,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Biosocial Science
DOI: 10.1017/S0021932006001477


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