Missing unmarried women

Anderson, Siwan author

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  • 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.


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