Journal of Population Ageing | Illuminating the Dark Side of Ageing

We are pleased to announce that a Special Issue of the Journal of Population Ageing is now available online,

Volume 14, Issue 3, September 2021 Read more

Why didn’t the abolition of the One-Child Policy in China increase the fertility rate?

Responding to a dramatic decrease in the birth rate, the Chinese government announced on 31st May 2021 that couples would be permitted to have up to three children. This change follows the relaxation of birth control policies in 2015 when the long-standing ‘One-child’ policy was replaced by a ‘Two-child’ policy. Although there was a small short-term increase in the birth immediately after the introduction of the new ‘Two-child’ policy regime, it wasn’t sustained. The birth rate returned to a downward trajectory, reaching its lowest ever level of 10.48 births per 1,000 women in 2019.  So why is fertility in China not just staying low but continuing to fall? Read more