The Politically Correct Scapegoat For A Deeply Shameful Asian Problem

Every time I hear yet someone else blame China’s erstwhile 1-child policy for its skewed gender ratio, I wonder if they know how it’s such the convenient, politically correct scapegoat for what is instead a deeply shameful Asian problem.

BN-LG666_MISSIN_M_20151115133154Worse than China’s already skewed gender imbalance, by 2060 in India, the peak could be even higher: 191 men for each 100 women (Anand, Geeta and Jaeyeon Woo. 2015. “Asia Struggles for a Solution to Its ‘Missing Women’ Problem”, Wall Street Journal (27 Nov)).

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Danny Quah

I am Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. I work on economic principles for world order and on empirics for a shifting global economy.

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