Miriam R. Larson-Koester
Uris Hall 473
Ithaca, NY 14853
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2017||Is There Still Son Preference in the United States?|
with Francine D. Blau, Lawrence M. Kahn, Peter Brummund, Jason Cook: w23816
In this paper, we use 2008-2013 American Community Survey data to update and further probe Dahl and Moretti’s (2008) son preference results, which found evidence that having a female first child increased the probability of single female headship and raised fertility. In light of the substantial increase in immigration, we examine this question separately for immigrants and natives. Among the population in the aggregate, as well as among the native-born separately, consistent with Dahl and Moretti (2008), we find that having a female first child raises the likelihood that the mother is a single parent. However, in sharp contrast to Dahl and Moretti (2008), we find that having a female first child is actually associated with lower fertility. Thus, by the 2008-2013 period, any apparent s...