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Masculinization of births in Eastern Europe

Abstract : In several countries of Eastern Europe, the sex ratio at birth is abnormally high. This is especially the case in the Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) where it has sometimes exceeded 115 boys per 100 girls (a normal sex ratio is 105), and to a lesser extent in the Western Balkans, around Albania, where it hovers around 110. The persistence of traditional patriarchal values is central to the son preference observed in these regions, but the fertility decline and the development of modern healthcare services under the new political and economic regimes have raised demand for prenatal sex selection.
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Christophe Z. Guilmoto, Géraldine Duthé. Masculinization of births in Eastern Europe. Population & Societies, 2013, pp.1-4. ⟨hal-03130809⟩

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