Date of Graduation
Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)
College of Arts and Sciences
India’s skewed sex ratios have lead to the destruction of marriage markets in many villages as well as an increase in violence against women. This paper examines how India’s distorted sex ratios effects the migration of sex workers. By using a modified gravity model of migration the results in this paper indicates that an over supply of sex workers in a local market leads to a crowding out effect, and pushes the women to migrate to districts with more men than women. This paper contributes to the literature by bringing more clarity to how the labor market impacts the decisions of sex workers.
Dickerson, Michael, "Crowded Out: The Effect of Sex Ratios on the Sex Worker Labor Market and Migration in India" (2015). Master's Theses. 136.