Sex prefernces and fertility in South Corea during the year of the Horse

Author: Lee J., Paik, M.
Abstract: Since antiquity, people in several East Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, have believed that a person is destined to possess specific characteristics according to the sign of the zodiac under which he or she was born. South Koreans, in particular, have traditionally considered that the year of the Horse bears inauspicious implications for the birth of daughters. Using monthly longitudinal data at the region level in South Korea between 1970 and 2003, we found that, in the year of the Horse, the sex ratio at birth significantly increased while fertility decreased.
Keywords: Chinese astrology, China, Japan, fertility, females, birth, daughters, South Korea, sign, Zodiac
Publication: Deomgraphy
Issue: 43(2)
Dated: May 2006
Pages: 269-292

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