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The ratio between the number of males and females in a society is referred to as the gender ratio. This ratio is not stable but instead shaped by biological, social, technological, cultural, and economic forces. And in turn the gender ratio itself has an impact on society, demography, and the economy. In this entry we provide an overview of the variation and the changes of the gender ratio across the world.
The human sex ratio is the number of males for every females in a population. A sex ratio above means there is more males than females. A sex ratio below means there is more females than males. A sex ratio of means there are equal numbers of females and males. Qatar has the highest sex ratio, with three males per woman, followed by the United Arab Emirates, having men per women.
Overall, there are slightly more men than women in the world. The ratio was skewed in favor of men for the first time around There are now While the difference on a global scale seems small, it varies significantly from country to country.