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Could changes in reported sex ratios at birth during and after China's 1958-1961 famine support the adaptive sex ratio adjustment hypothesis?

Zhao, Zhongwei; Zhu, Yuan; Reimondos, Anna


Background: The adaptive sex ratio adjustment hypothesis suggests that when mothers are in poor conditions the sex ratio of their offspring will be biased towards females. Major famines provide opportunities for testing this hypothesis because they lead to the widespread deterioration of living conditions in the affected population. Objective: This study examines changes in sex ratio at birth before, during, and after China's 1958-1961 famine, to see whether they provide any support for the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Demographic Research
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2013.29.33
Access Rights: Open Access


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