Declining son preference in the US (VOX)

Previous studies provided evidence that even in developed countries, parents behaved differently with sons than with daughters. In light of more recent data, this column presents new evidence that the preference for sons appears to have declined in the US. Having a female first child continues to increase the likelihood of a family’s living without a father, but is now associated with lower fertility over time.

https://voxeu.org/article/declining-son-preference-us

Francine Blau, Lawrence Kahn, Peter Brummund, Jason Cook, Miriam Larson-Koester

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