How China is rolling out the red carpet for couples who have more than one child

Stuart Gietel-BastenStuart Gietel-Basten

A rather remarkable turnaround has occurred in China. For a country famous for having the most comprehensive sets of policies designed to limit births, it is now introducing new policies to support parents who have a second child. In November 2015, China announced it would abandon its one-child policy and switch to a national two-child policy. The change came into force on January 1, 2016, with the immediate rationale being to tackle China’s rapidly ageing (and projected declining) population. Some predicted a huge baby boom. Others – including me – suggested that the reforms were “too little, too late”, and that “simply allowing people to have more children does not mean they will.” In early March, incentives for parents to have more children ...

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As China ends the one-child policy, what is its legacy?

One Child PolicyStephanie Gordon

China has announced the end to its infamous one-child policy, the restrictive rule that has limited many families to one child, and some to two children for the past 37 years. The changes will allow all couples to have two children. China has a long history of controlling its population. Throughout the 1950s, family planning was encouraged under Mao Zedong to promote economic growth. But only in 1973 did it become a political priority, with the national wan, xi, shao–“late marriage, longer spacing, and fewer children” campaign encouraging two children per couple. In June 1978, a policy of one child per couple was rigorously pursued as the government feared that China would not be able to modernise and support a large population at the same time.

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Japan is not the only country worrying about population decline–get used to a two-speed world

Stuart Gietel-BastenStuart Gietel-Basten

The past century has been one of unprecedented global population growth. While the number of people in the world doubled from 0.8 to 1.6 billion between 1750 and 1900, the 20th century saw a near quadrupling to 6.1 billion. In the past 15 years alone, more than 1.2 billion have been added to that. Worries about “overpopulation” can be seen everywhere from the UK to Sub-Saharan Africa. So it may have been a surprise to some to see Japan, the world’s third largest economy, posting the first population decline since 1920, falling 0.7% from five years earlier. A persistently low birth rate is the main reason. So it may have been a surprise to some to see Japan, the world’s third largest economy, posting the first population decline since 1920, falling 0.7% from five years earlier.

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Age –Structural Transitions and Their Implications: The Case of Indonesia over a Century, 1950-2050

Sri Moertiningsih AdioetomoSri Moertiningsih Adioetomo


This paper analyses the causes and impacts of Age-Structural Transitions over a century using empirical data from 1950 to 2000 and population projections from 2000 to 2050 (UN World Population Prospects, medium projection). Three phases of population momentum are observed: The first, one of “waves”, occurred because of disorders in the patterns of birth and death. The second was due to the success of family planning program. The third phase is one of waves that is occurring today and will unfold in future carrying with it incipient indications of long-term aging. A “window of opportunity” has been identified here to occur between 2020-2030, but only for a decade. At that stage the dependency ratio will fall below 45 per 100 at working ages. If the government were able to create enough employment opportunities carrying with them decent income, Indonesia could exploit a demographic bonus, because a large number at working ages with adequate incomes and high levels of saving (because the dependency burden is low) would induce increased investment in quality human resources. In Age-Structural Transitions: Challenges for Development, Edited by Ian Pool, Laura R. WONG and Éric Vilquin, Paris 2006, PP. 129-157.

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Mapping Age-Structural Transitions: A Comparative Perspective

Ian PoolIan Pool


This chapter provides empirical data on regions and case-study countries at different stages of demographic and age-structural transition. It covers both the longer term, out several decades, and the shorter period to 2015 spanned by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The policy implications of age-structural transitions are discussed and their interrelations with other population transition models identified. In Age-Structural Transitions: Challenges for Development, Edited by Ian Pool, Laura R. WONG and Éric Vilquin, Paris 2006, PP. 3-19.

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Low Fertility Intention in Iran: The Role of Attitudes, Norms, and Perceived Behavioral Control

Dr. Amir ErfaniAmir Erfani


Persistent low fertility rates are an increasing concern for countries with low fertility like Iran. Informed by the Theory of Planned Behaviour, this study examined the immediate factors influencing fertility intentions, using data from the 2012 Tehran Survey of Fertility Intentions. The findings show that more than half of young married adults in Tehran intend to have no more children. The multivariate analysis results indicate that individuals who view childbearing as being detrimental to their personal life, feel less normative pressure to have a/another child, and believe their childbearing decision is not contingent on the presence of economic resources required for childbearing, are more likely to want no (more) children or to be unsure rather than to want a/another child. Attitudes and normative pressure are dominant factors influencing the intention to have a first child, while the intention to have a second child is mainly affected by attitudes and perceived constraints. The policy implications of the results are discussed. Journal of Biosocial Science (May 2017), 49(3): 292-308.

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Age-Structural Transitions and Policy: An Emerging Issue
Ian Pool, Laura Rodriguez WongIan Pool

In mathematical demography age-structural changes have long been a major interest, yet this has not translated across into empirical analyses to any great degree, beyond the use of simple descriptive indices and techniques such as age pyramids and dependency ratios. The most extensive research has been on ageing that represents only one phase of an age-structural transition (AST). Recently, however, there has been an upsurge in interest in the demographic and policy implications of the passage of generations/cohorts of differing sizes across key life-cycle stages. The impacts seem to be positive and the trends deterministic, and thus have been termed “demographic bonuses/dividends”, although studies that developed independently in Latin America take a more neutral position pointing to a “window of opportunity”. The difference is that bonus suggests a very deterministic path, a virtual certainty, window of opportunity suggesting instead that to gain from ASTs while the window of opportunity is occurring requires some proactive interventions. A different approach, the more detailed analysis of cohort flow shows that age-structural transition, far from being monotonic and systematic across population at the same stage of demographic transition, may be disordered, thus making proactive policy formulation and implementation more complex. These different paradigms and related methodological issues are discussed here. In: Age-Structural Transitions: Challenges for Development, Edited by Ian Pool, Laura R. WONG and Éric Vilquin, Paris 2006, PP. 3-19.

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