(Remember: people respond to incentives—and, despite the common perception, economists and journalists are people too.)
Girls are so undervalued in India that there are roughly 35 million fewer females than males in the population.
There is good reason to be skeptical of data from personal surveys. There is often a vast gulf between how people say they behave and how they actually behave. (In economist-speak, these two behaviors are known as declared preferences and revealed preferences.) Furthermore, when it costs almost nothing to fib—as in the case of a government survey like this one—a reasonable amount of fibbing is to be expected. The fibs might even be subconscious, with the subject simply saying what she expects the surveyor wants to hear.
isn’t just how much stuff it ejaculates, but where the ejaculate
Note: wow...is there not a better word to use?