In China, the prevalence of selective abortions has skewed the natural ratio of males to females, and in many places there simply aren’t enough women to go around. Bloomberg View has an excellent piece highlighting some of the consequences of the surfeit of men:
In the villages outside of Handan, China, a bachelor looking to marry a local girl needs to have as much as $64,000 — the price tag for a suitable home and obligatory gifts. That’s a bit out of the price range of many of the farmers who live in the area. So in recent years, according to the Beijing News, local men have been turning to a Vietnamese marriage broker, paying as much as $18,500 for an imported wife, complete with a money-back guarantee in case the bride fled. […]In January, the director of China’s National Bureau of Statistics announced that China is home to 33.8 million more men than women out of a population exceeding 1.3 billion.
China has made minor moves to ease the strict One Child policy of late. But even if China can boost its birth rate eventually, it certainly can’t be done overnight. For a look at what this policy will continue to cost the country, do read the whole thing.