Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2016 Yinghan Qi
In 1979, the Chinese government introduced the One-child Policy for the purpose of controlling population growth. Thirty years later, the fertility rate in China has declined to a very low level and one-child families have become the norm. At the same time, the consequences of low fertility rates have emerged. In 2015, the government announced a new policy that encouraged couples to have two children in order to raise the total fertility rate. In this paper, I analyze the economic and legal implications of the Chinese family planning policies. By examining to what extent fertility decisions are affected by government policies, I evaluate the potential effects of the Two-child Policy. The findings suggest that the Two-child Policy might not be effective in increasing the total fertility rate.
Qi, Yinghan, "A Second Child? No, Thank You! The Impact of Chinese Family Planning Policies on Fertility Decisions" (2017). Scripps Senior Theses. 926.