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Avi Ebenstein, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Elderly Coresidence and Son Preference: Can Pension Reforms Solve the ‘Missing Women’ Problem?
When Nov 08, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

In this paper, I examine the relationship between patrilocal norms that dictate elderly coresidence between parents and sons, and the sex ratio at birth. I argue that concerns over old age support are critical in explaining excess mortality among daughters. First, I demonstrate that sex ratios and coresidence rates are positively correlated when looking across countries, within countries across districts, and within districts across ethnic groups. Second, in a series of case studies where I exploit natural experiments, I find that sex ratios decline in response to expansions in the availability of pensions but increase when pensions become less reliable.

About the Speaker

Avraham Ebenstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Economics and Management at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Berkeley in 2007. His fields of interest include environmental economics, health economics, and economic demography. Dr. Ebenstein's past research examined the impact of fertility control policy in China on the sex ratio, and investigated policies that might address the "missing girls" phenomenon in Asia. His current research examines the health impacts of environmental deterioration and the design of effective environmental policy, with a focus on developing countries. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics.

Note:  Online via zoom - Registration Link.  Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2021 will be a mix of in person and  online via Zoom(One or the other, not hybrid).  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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