Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China

Lena Edlund, Hongbin Li, Junjian Yi, Junsen Zhang

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Since the introduction of the one-child policy in China in 1979, many more boys than girls have been born, foreshadowing a sizable bride shortage. What do young men unable to find wives do? This paper focuses on criminality, an asocial activity that has seen a marked rise since the mid-1990s. Exploiting province-year level variation, we find an elasticity of crime with respect to the sex ratio of 16- to 25-year-olds of 3.4, suggesting that male sex ratios can account for one-seventh of the rise in crime. We hypothesize that adverse marriage market conditions drive this association.

Article

Lena Edlund, Hongbin Li, Junjian Yi, Junsen Zhang, et al. "Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China." Review of Economics and Statistics.     doi:10.1162/REST_a_00356. Retrieved 06/24/2019 from researchcompendia.org/compendia/2014.406/

Compendium Type: Published Papers
Primary Research Field: Computer and Information Sciences
Secondary Research Field: Mathematics
Content License: Public Domain Mark
Code License: MIT License

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