"Son Preference, Sex Selection and Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from South Korea"(joint with Chulhee Lee)
Columbia University Discussion Paper No.: 0910-04, October 2009.
"Marriage and Emancipation in the Age of the Pill"(joint with Cecilia Machado)
CEPR Discussion Paper No.: 7485, October 2009.
"The Wages of Sin"(joint with Joseph Engelberg and Christopher A. Parsons)
Columbia University Discussion Paper No.: 0809-16, June 4, 2009.
Published or Accepted
"Son Preference and the Persistence of Culture: Evidence from Asian Immigrants to Canada"(joint with Douglas Almond and Kevin Milligan)
Forthcoming March 2013
The Population and Development Review
"Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China"(joint with Junjian Yi, Hongbin Li and Junsen Zhang)
The Review of Economics and Statistics
"Chernobyl's subclinical legacy: Prenatal exposure to radioactive fallout and school outcomes in Sweden"(joint with Douglas Almond and Marten Palme)
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
Earlier versions: NBER Working Paper no. 13347 and Columbia University Working Paper
Commented on in Viewpoint article: ``Radiation, retardation and the developing brain: time is the crucial variable" by Richard S Nowakowski, Nancy L Hayes Acta Paediatrica 2008, May, pages 527–531.
Popular press: Chemistry World , The Register, New York Times Magazine, Sept. 16, 2007
"Son Biased Sex Ratios in the US 2000 Census"(joint with Douglas Almond)
PNAS April 15, 2008 vol. 105, no. 15, pp. 5681-5682 .
Press coverage: NPR -- All Things Considered (interview with Michele Norris), AP (including the New York Times, Herald Tribune, LA Times, Boston Globe), Times of India , CBC Canada , Slate, Boston Globe Op-Ed, The Oakland Tribune, CNN (video),
"Women, Wealth, and Mobility"(joint with Wojciech Kopczuk)
The American Economic Review
"Trivers-Willard at Birth and One Year: Evidence from U.S. Natality Data 1983-2001"
(joint with Douglas Almond)
The Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B
(2007) 274, 2491-2496.
Press coverage: Daily Telegraph
"Marriage: Past, Present, Future?"
CESifo Economic Studies December 2006, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 621-639.
Abstract: If they existed, markets for sex and markets for children would share a common feature: women sell and men demand. No society allows the trade in children, instead we have marriage. This paper discusses biological and legal aspects of reproduction, and their implications for gender roles and family forms.
"Hermaphroditism: What's not to Like?"(joint with Evelyn Korn)
The Journal of Theoretical Biology vol. 245, no. 3, 7 April 2007, pp. 520-527.
"Individual vs. Parental Consent in Marriage: Implications for Intra-household Resource Allocation and Growth"
(Joint with Nippe Lagerlof) Shorter version in
The American Economic Review, P&P May 2006, vol. 96, no. 2, pp. 304-307.
"The Price of Marriage: Net vs. Gross Flows and the South Indian Dowry Debate"
The Journal of the European Economic Association, P&P April-May 2006, vol. 4, no. 2-3, pp. 542-551.
"Sex and the City"
The Scandinavian Journal of Economics March 2005, vol. 107 issue 1, pp. 25-44.
"Unmarried Parenthood and Redistributive Politics" (with Rohini Pande and Laila Haider)
The Journal of the European Economic Association vol. 3, no. 1 (January 2005), pp. 95-119.
"Why have Women Become Left-Wing: the Political Gender Gap and the Decline in Marriage" (with Rohini Pande)
The Quarterly Journal of Economics August 2002, vol. 117, pp. 917-961.
"A Theory of Prostitution" (with Evelyn Korn)
The Journal of Political Economy February 2002, vol. 110, pp. 181-214.
Third most downloaded paper September 2002: LogEc
For a recent write up ABC News (May 2006). Also, see Forbes (Feb 2006), The Idea Shop (May 2004).
Featured in Economic Intuition, fall 2001; and BusinessWeek, March 11, 2002
"Marriage Squeeze Interpretation of Dowry Inflation: A Comment"
The Journal of Political Economy December 2000, vol. 108, pp. 1327-1333.
"Son Preference, Sex Ratios and Marriage Patterns"
The Journal of Political Economy December 1999, vol. 107, pp. 1275-1304.
Featured in Economic Intuition, spring 2000.
"The Role of Paternity Presumption and Custodial Rights for Understanding Marriage Patterns"(February 11, 2005)
"From Sex to Gender"(joint with Evelyn Korn) "Why are Immature Males and Females So Alike?" "Household Structure and Child Outcomes: Nuclear vs. Extended Families -- Evidence from Bangladesh"(Joint with Aminur Rahman, UCL). "Implications of Marriage Institutions for Redistribution and Growth"(Joint with Nippe Lagerlof) (formerly "Growth: What's Love Got to do with It?").
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