I keep finding articles stating that because of the One Child Policy, there is a big gender imbalance in China. They say it's bad enough that millions of men won't be able to find a wife.

Example: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/leftover-men-china-get-married-gender-imbalance-one-child-policy-10485358

The gender imbalance is severest in rural farmlands, where women are leaving to search for jobs and husbands in the cities – leading to the emergence of “bachelor villages” across China.

I even read that there is now human trafficking from Vietnam and North Korea to bring wives to some parts of rural China.

I think that the fact that there is actual gender imbalance in China or in India for instance is probably true. But does it really have such an effect on people? Are there really villages where people can't find a wife because everybody is already married? This sounds pretty extreme to me.

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    Why does that sound extreme? If a village has fewer women than men originally plus some fraction of the women leave the village, and if we assume A) there is no large discrepancy between the fraction of men who want to marry women and the fraction of women who want to marry men and B) monogamous pairings, then it is simple math to say there will be some men who cannot find a wife. Aug 28, 2019 at 16:49
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    Consider also that many cultures have preference for male offspring. If they are only allowed one child, then they do their utmost to have only a boy. This includes abortion (prebirth) or murder (post birth) of female children.
    – JRE
    Aug 28, 2019 at 17:13
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    Even if there is a 1:1 gender balance, that doesn't mean every man will be married. In a population of 1.4 billion, there would likely be dozens of millions of unmarried men.
    – Oddthinking
    Aug 29, 2019 at 1:40
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    If the population of China is about 1.4 billion, and they were equally male and female, there would be about 700,000,000 males. If about 400,000,000 males are old enough to be married, 10 percent who aren't married yet but will be later would be 40,000,000 men. So I can believe there are tens of millions of unmarried Chinese men without blaming it on the gender imbalance. Aug 29, 2019 at 16:56
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    @user60762: Let's edit this one and re-open. It isn't abandoned, just On Hold while we fix it up. I would be wary of your assumption that Human Trafficking only occurs in China or other countries with gender imbalances.
    – Oddthinking
    Aug 29, 2019 at 23:15


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