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Missing unmarried women

Anderson, Siwan author

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Summary

  • We provide estimates of excess female mortality among adult unmarried women in developing regions. We find that more than 40% of adult "missing women" can be attributed to not being married. In India and other parts of South Asia, 55% of the missing adult women are due to not having a husband. For sub-Saharan Africa and China, the estimates are smaller: 35% and 13% respectively. We show that 70% of missing unmarried women are of reproductive age and that it is the relatively high mortality rates of these young unmarried women (compared to their married counterparts) that drive this phenomenon.

Notes

  • "August 2015"
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 19-20).
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