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100 Million Women Are Missing {Amartya Sen}

What is the cause for the gap in the gender ratio in Asia?

Della Hethcox

on 16 October 2012

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Transcript of 100 Million Women Are Missing {Amartya Sen}

Based on the work of
Amartya Sen 100 Million Women Are Missing born in the late 1980s Amartya Sen Emily Oster's Theory However, in 2008, Oster released a paper in which she admitted that her old data and research were incorrect. She also admitted that the cause of the missing women was most likely sex-selective abortions. Not so fast... Estimated that more than a 100
million women were"missing"
(as in potential existence) sex selective abortion
inadequate nutrition
during infancy
infanticide The economist behind the famous 1990 essay,
"More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing" Her Harvard dissertation disagreed with Sen's theory about the missing women in Asia.

She proposed that the cause for the higher male-to-female ratio was Hepatitis B. Hep B was higher in areas in Asia, and often causes women to conceive more boys than girls.

Oster thought that the problem of the missing women was purely biological, and did not attribute social discrimination (food, education, and healthcare) to the cause like Sen did in his argument. Sen's Research How does this relate to economics? Well... Sen used economic tools to help measure the misogyny in the countries that are missing so many women.

He used ratios to measure the gender gap in infant births. At birth, boys outnumber girls
everywhere in the world While I am interested both in economics and in philosophy,
the union of my interests in the two fields
far exceeds their intersection. {Amartya Sen} Feature Film Presented by Jada Chin and Della Hethcox

October 16th, 2012


Prof. scott (China and Northern India) More than 120 boys are being born
for every 100 girls. 124 boys to 100 girls for the generation of the early 2000s 130 boys to 100 girls in some Chinese provinces no exaggeration to calling
this a gendercide It appears that more girls have been
killed in the last fifty years, precisely
because they were girls

than men were...
killed in all the wars of the twentieth century.
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