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Transition to second birth in ultra-low fertility Pacific Asia: a qualitative comparative study of Beijing and Taipei

Freeman, Emily, Basten, Stuart, Ma, Xiaohong, Yan, Ping, Wang, Lih-Rong and Yang, Wen-shan (2015) Transition to second birth in ultra-low fertility Pacific Asia: a qualitative comparative study of Beijing and Taipei. In: British Society for Population Studies Conference 2015, 2015-09-07 - 2015-09-09. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Numerous studies have identified sub-replacement fertility preferences in both urban China and elsewhere in East Asia. In urban China in particular, many couples who are eligible to have a second child by virtue of their being only children (this group being extended in 2013) do not do so, mainly citing economic pressure. Qualitative studies of fertility preferences in East Asia, and China in particular, are very rare. In this paper we present the results of a unique exercise where women with one child in both Beijing and Taiwan were asked the same question set about their decisions concerning moving to have a second child. Preliminary results indicate; the importance of economic pressure; the critical role of the reconcilation of work and family life, especially for women; the rather limited effect of policies to help childbearing (in Taiwan) and the role of traditional gender roles in shaping fertility outcomes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/socialPolicy/Researchcentresa...
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 15:04
Last Modified: 11 May 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68946

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