Son preference in Japan

Wataru Kureishi, Midori Wakabayashi

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Abstract

We examine the sex preference in Japan, using Japanese microdata, and find that parents in the 1920-1939 cohort have a lexicographic son preference. Further, the lexicographic son preference disappears in subsequent cohorts and a mixed preference is observed in parents with two children. These results are supported when the parents' socioeconomic background is considered. Cohort effects such as weakening son preference and emerging mixed preference are observed. Moreover, when husbands are the eldest sons, a lexicographic son preference is observed only in the 1920-1939 cohort, although it persists in the subsequent cohorts when husbands are farmers/self-employed workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-893
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fertility
  • Sex preference
  • Son preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Economics and Econometrics

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