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Socioeconomic Development, Family Planning, and Fertility in China

Dudley L. Poston, Jr. and Baochang Gu
Demography
Vol. 24, No. 4 (Nov., 1987), pp. 531-551
Published by: Springer on behalf of the Population Association of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2061390
Page Count: 21
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Socioeconomic Development, Family Planning, and Fertility in China
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Abstract

Fertility in the People's Republic of China has recently experienced a rapid decline. China's success has been hailed by some as representing an "induced fertility transition." Some have argued that the major factor has been government's birth planning policy, and not the socioeconomic factors instrumental in fertility declines of other countries. Tien (1984) observed, however, that the variability among China's subregions suggests that areas experiencing the greatest reductions in fertility may also be characterized by "profound changes in socioeconomic structure." This paper attempts to widen the discussion by examining relationships between socioeconomic development, family planning, and fertility among the 28 subregions of China around 1982.

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