This paper critically examines the issue of measuring regional variation in sex preference in China. It demonstrates that the conclusion of previous research (Fred Arnold and Zhaoxiang Liu, 1986 Population and Development Review 12, 221-246) on this subject is largely an artifact that is due to floor and ceiling effects as well as sampling variability. This paper proposes alternative measures that are combined with statistical models. After correcting for floor and ceiling effects and considering sampling variability, it is shown that while sex preference undoubtedly exists in China, the degree of sex preference does not vary by region. Differentials are evident, however, by educational attainment and urban status.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science