Sam Gaskin
May 4, 2017

China’s one-child policy and the demographic headache it left behind

As China enters unexplored demographic territory, some entrenched cultural ideas will surely have to go.

Despite its crowded streets, cramped housing, and depleted environment, the world’s most populous nation wants more people. As China quickly ages, it faces a calamitous shortage of workers to support the older generation.

Like China, India is home to over 1.3 billion people, but it has a lower median age, higher fertility rate, and is entering a period described as a “demographic dividend”. Mei Fong, the author of One Child,...

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