Economists Enrico Moretti and Gordon B. Dahl examined the difference in marital rates based on whether a first-born child is a son or daughter.

Moretti states that “yes, parents who have first born girls are significantly more likely to get divorced, and parents who have first born sons are significantly more likely to stay together.”

Their findings include the following:

  • Couples who conceive a child out of wedlock and find out it will be a boy are more likely to marry before the birth of their baby
  • Parents who have girls first, are significantly more likely to be divorced
  • Fathers are significantly less likely to be living with their children if they have daughters versus sons
  • In any given year, roughly 52,000 first born daughters younger than 12 years (and all their siblings) would have had a resident father if they had been boys
  • Divorced fathers are much more likely to obtain custody of sons compared to daughters

In a 2011 Gallup poll, parents revealed a preference to have sons over daughters. 40% preferred sons and 28% preferred daughters, (the rest stated no preference). “Son preference” isn’t new, but this data could imply the following possibilities to explain why:

  • Parents have a gender bias
  • Fathers believe that their involvement in raising a son is important
  • No gender preference, but girls are more costly to raise than boys

Although this information is only slightly significant, it raises broader questions about an economic impact. Moretti states “For children and families with absentee fathers due to a first-born daughter, family income is reduced by about 50% and poverty rates are increased by about 30%.”

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Source: The Demand of Sons