China’s One-Child Loopholes

Keating details the new change to China’s one-child policy (OCP): Under the new system, couples will be allowed to have a second baby if either parent is an only child—a significant slice of the population given that the policy has been in place since 1980. This isn’t quite as dramatic a change as it sounds. China has … Continue reading China’s One-Child Loopholes

Why Doesn’t China Just End Its One-Child Policy?

Because it’s a huge source of revenue: [F]or a long time, the fee [paid by parents for extra-legal births] has been collected and spent in opacity, without even a hint as to how revenues generated from it are allocated in most local governments’ annual budgetary reports. On July 11, 2013, Youshui Wu, a lawyer from Zhejiang … Continue reading Why Doesn’t China Just End Its One-Child Policy?

Singles And Onlies In China

Alexa Olesen explains why having only one child remains so common in China, despite the retracted policy: China’s state-run news service Xinhua published an article Nov. 10 with the headline: “Why aren’t we seeing the expected baby boom?” The news agency said it had sent reporters fanning out in four provinces to ask why eligible couples were … Continue reading Singles And Onlies In China

China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

Fallows wonders whether it will succeed: Through its 30-plus years of economic modernization, China has seemed to stick to efficient levels of corruption. Connected families got very rich, but most families did better than they had before. An increasingly important question for Xi Jinping’s time in office, which bears on the even more urgent question of whether … Continue reading China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

A Two-Child Policy For China?

Lily Kuo relays new developments: China’s national health and family planning commission is considering allowing any couple where one parent is an only child to have two children. This would effectively suspend the one-child rule for many more urban couples, the largest group affected by the policy. Some anticipate the reform will be announced in the fall at … Continue reading A Two-Child Policy For China?

Why Is China Missing So Many Women?

The one-child policy (OCP) alone doesn’t account for the shortage of females in the country’s population: [A]n NBER working paper by economists Douglas Almond, Hongbin Li, and Shuang Zhang makes the case that the roots of the gender imbalance go back farther than the OCP. Specifically, they argue that it was the pro-market land reform … Continue reading Why Is China Missing So Many Women?

Is The One-Child Policy On Its Way Out?

After spotting a new government poster in Beijing showcasing a smiling family with two kids, Evan Osnos speculates: [T]he Party propagandists may be on to something. Two-child families may not be so far over the horizon after all, because of a growing consensus that economic pressures demand a change. “China’s shooting itself in the foot” with the … Continue reading Is The One-Child Policy On Its Way Out?

Too Many Angry Young Men?

Two economists suggest that China would be a more peaceful place if it had more women: [Jane] Golley and [Rod] Tyers are building off existing research, which confirms that China’s crime rate has doubled over the last 20 years and that incidents of social unrest have risen from about 40,000 in 2001 to over 90,000 in 2009.  China’s imbalanced sex ratio is likely a … Continue reading Too Many Angry Young Men?