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Policy response to low fertility in China : too little, too late?

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Title:Policy response to low fertility in China : too little, too late?
Authors:Wang, Feng
LC Subject Headings:China - Population policy
Fertility, Human - China
Date Issued:Apr 2017
Publisher:Honolulu, HI : East-West Center
Series:AsiaPacific issues;no. 130
Abstract:In 1970, Chinese women were having an average of nearly six children each. Only nine years later, this figure had dropped to an average of 2.7 children per woman. This steep fertility decline was achieved before the Chinese government introduced the infamous one-child policy. Today, at 1.5 children per woman, the fertility rate in China is one of the lowest in the world. Such a low fertility level leads to extreme population aging--expansion of the proportion of the elderly in a population, with relatively few children to grow up and care for their aging parents and few workers to pay for social services or drive economic growth. China’s birth-control policies are now largely relaxed, but new programs are needed to provide healthcare and support for the growing elderly population and to encourage young people to have children. It will be increasingly difficult to fund such programs, however, as China's unprecedented pace of economic growth inevitably slows down.
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Pages/Duration:4 p.
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/46005
Appears in Collections: AsiaPacific Issues


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