, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 269–292 | Cite as

Sex preferences and fertility in South Korea during the year of the horse

  • Jungmin Lee
  • Myungho Paik


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.


Birth Registration Birth Timing Female Birth White Horse Lunar Calendar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jungmin Lee
    • 1
  • Myungho Paik
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economics, Sam M. Walton College of BusinessUniversity of ArkansasFayetteville
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Texas at AustinUSA

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