Social Norms, Institutions, and Policies in Low-Fertility Countries

Anne H. Gauthier*

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    This chapter examines the case of low-fertility countries with a special focus on East and Southeast Asia. It asks the question of whether low-fertility Asian countries are unique or whether their very low levels of fertility result from high obstacles to fertility. In particular, the chapter examines financial obstacles to fertility, work-related obstacles, gender inequality in paid and unpaid work, normative obstacles, and other obstacles. It concludes that low-fertility Asian countries are unique in their combination of strong obstacles to fertility, including the very high direct cost of children, below average governmental support for families, and the persistence of traditional norms regarding gender roles and new family forms. The chapter concludes by discussing the potential of social policies for reducing some of these obstacles.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelLow Fertility and Reproductive Health in East Asia
    RedacteurenNaohiro Ogawa, Iqbal H. Shah
    Aantal pagina's20
    ISBN van elektronische versie978-94-017-9226-4
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-94-017-9225-7
    StatusPublished - 2015

    Publicatie series

    NaamInternational Studies in Population

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