It may be helpful to think of this topic from the following aspects (but are not limited to): 1. You may start the essay with theories on Missing Women – What does Missing
Women mean How do we calculate the actual number of missing women 2. You could extend the discussion by using the existing evidence in one or more particular countries In which country or countries have we found empirical evidence of missing women From the time dimension, are there more or less missing women in the countries you discuss If there is a change of the time trend of number of missing women in these countries, what could be the possible reasons behind this observation 3. Why are women missing in developing countries In particular, what are the proposed explanations in the existing literature regarding the missing women in the countries you
Suggested references (you are encouraged to use academic literature beyond these as references in your essay):
Nancy Qian, 2008, “Missing Women and the Price of Tea in China: The Effect of Sex-Specific Earnings on Sex Imbalance,” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 123(3), pages 1251-1285.
Deaton, A. 1989. Looking for Boy-Girl Discrimination in Household Expenditures. World Bank Economic Review 3 (1): 1-15.
Shang-Jin Wei & Xiaobo Zhang, 2011, “The Competitive Saving Motive: Evidence from Rising Sex Ratios and Savings Rates in China,” Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 119(3), pages 511 – 564.
Ebenstein, A. (2010). The Missing Girls of China and the Unintended Consequences of the One Child Policy, Journal of Human Resources, vol. 45(1).
This work is for Development Economics.