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Exploring the Variations of the Sex Ratio at Birth in an Historical Perspective
Francesco Scalone

Last modified: 2015-09-05


Are the studies and the intuitions of Corrado Gini on the sex ratio at birth still valid and is his scientific legacy still relevant? After summarizing the results of Gini’s research on the sex ratio at birth, we provide a brief review of the studies carried out over the last decades. Looking at the trends and the variations of the sex ratio at birth in time and space, the main determinants mentioned in the literature and the corresponding theoretical explanations are synthetized. Some further historical demographic research to be carried out in the future is presented in the conclusions.

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