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Policies on Controlling the Imbalance in Sex Ratio, Native Cultures, and Son Preference: The Interaction of These Three Aspects in the Contemporary Chinese Rural Society

YANG Ting;YANG Xue-yan;Institute for Population and Development in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Xi'an Jiaotong University;  
Using data from a survey of local residents in three different counties in Shaanxi province in 2009, this study adopts the multiple linear regression method so as to analyze the relationship of the policies to control the imbalance in sex ratio with native cultural circles and son preference. This analysis suggests that the Chinese son preference practice is the result of joint effect from the weakening of the policies on the imbalance in sex ratio and the reinforcement of native cultures. The promotion of policies on the imbalance in sex ratio will help advance native cultures, weaken son preference practice, and finally achieve the goal of reducing the sex ratio at birth.
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