The Center for Faith and Public Life (CFPL) at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut, recently completed a 10-month pilot study on sex ratio imbalance in India. The study, Impact India 2021 was led jointly by Dr. Gita Rajan, professor of English and Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., director, CFPL and professor of Sociology. It was conducted in association with two Indian institutions, namely, Loyola College, Chennai and St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.
The project focuses on "the nexus of complex family dynamics and familial pressures that make it acceptable for many Indian couples to choose to have a single, male child."
According to the scholars, one expected outcome of the project "is to demonstrate the economic value of girls in society, and by extension, their role in strengthening India's GDP."
Faculty members contributing to this project from the three institutions were as follows:
Fairfield University: Gita Rajan, Ph.D., Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., Suzanne Campbell, Ph.D., and Anna-Maria Aksan, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics.
Loyola College Chennai, India: Rev. Joe Arun, S.J., Francis Adaikalam, Ph.D and Gautam Manoharan, Ph.D
St. Xavier's College, Mumbai: Rev. Frazer Mascarenhas, S.J., Vivien Amonkar, Ph.D, Neha Agrawal, Ph.D and Aggie Menezes, Ph.D.