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Low and Lower Fertility

Variations across Developed Countries

Editors: Rindfuss, Ronald R., Choe, Minja Kim (Eds.)

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  • Examines two distinct low fertility scenarios that have emerged in economically advanced countries since the turn of the 20th century
  • Explores how a country’s institutions, policies and culture shape its fertility level and pattern
  • Leading demographers compare fertility influences across high-income, highly-educated countries with advanced economies
  • Highlights the unique case of China which raises important questions about the importance of policy versus social and economic factors
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This volume examines two distinct low fertility scenarios that have emerged in economically advanced countries since the turn of the 20th century: one in which fertility is at or near replacement-level and the other where fertility is well below replacement. It explores the way various institutions, histories and cultures influence fertility in a diverse range of countries in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. The book features invited papers from the Conference on Low Fertility, Population Aging and Population Policy, held December 2013 and co-sponsored by the East-West Center and the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA). It first presents an overview of the demographic and policy implications of the two low fertility scenarios. Next, the book explores five countries currently experiencing low fertility rates: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. It then examines three countries that have close to replacement-level fertility: Australia, the Netherlands and the United States. Each country is featured in a separate chapter written by a demographer with expert knowledge in the area. Very low fertility is linked to a number of conditions countries face, including a declining population size. At the same time, low fertility and its effect on the age structure, threatens social welfare policies. This book goes beyond the technical to examine the core institutional, policy and cultural factors behind this increasingly important issue. It helps readers to make cross-country comparisons and gain insight into how diverse institutions, policies and culture shape fertility levels and patterns.

About the authors

Ronald R. Rindfuss is a Research Professor in the Department of Sociology, Adjunct Professor in the Geography Department, and a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, Honolulu, HI. He is Past President of the Population Association of America and a former Director of the Carolina Population Center. His research interests include fertility, population and the environment, migration and family demography.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-21482-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-36057-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Low and Lower Fertility
Book Subtitle
Variations across Developed Countries
Editors
  • Ronald R. Rindfuss
  • Minja Kim Choe
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21482-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21482-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-21481-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36057-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 188
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