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Son Preference and the Reproductive Behavior of Rural-Urban Migrant Women of Childbearing Age in China: Empirical Evidence from a Cross-Sectional Data

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School of Management, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China
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School of Economics, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266100, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3221; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17093221
Received: 2 April 2020 / Revised: 30 April 2020 / Accepted: 1 May 2020 / Published: 6 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Policies and Strategies in Sexual and Reproductive Health)
Son preference has been shown to influence the childbearing behavior of women, especially in China. Existing research has largely focused on this issue using cross-sectional data of urban or rural populations in China, while evidence from the rural-urban migrant women is relatively limited. Based on the data of China Migrants Dynamic Survey in 2015, we used logistic regression models to explore the relationship of son preference and reproductive behavior of rural-urban migrant women in China. The results show that the son preference of migrant women is still strong, which leads women with only daughters to have significantly higher possibility of having another child and results in a higher imbalance in the sex ratio with higher parity. Migrant women giving birth to a son is a protective factor against having a second child compared to women whose first child was a girl. Similarly, the effects of the gender of the previous child on women’s progression from having two to three children showed the same result that is consistent with a preference for sons. These findings have implications for future public strategies to mitigate the son preference among migrant women and the imbalance in the sex ratio at birth. View Full-Text
Keywords: son preference; reproductive behavior; migrant women; subsequent parity son preference; reproductive behavior; migrant women; subsequent parity
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Wang, X.; Nie, W.; Liu, P. Son Preference and the Reproductive Behavior of Rural-Urban Migrant Women of Childbearing Age in China: Empirical Evidence from a Cross-Sectional Data. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3221. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17093221

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Wang X, Nie W, Liu P. Son Preference and the Reproductive Behavior of Rural-Urban Migrant Women of Childbearing Age in China: Empirical Evidence from a Cross-Sectional Data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3221. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17093221

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Wang, Xiaojie, Wenjie Nie, and Pengcheng Liu. 2020. "Son Preference and the Reproductive Behavior of Rural-Urban Migrant Women of Childbearing Age in China: Empirical Evidence from a Cross-Sectional Data" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 9: 3221. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17093221

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