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Fertility and Public Policy: How to Reverse the Trend of Declining Birth Rates

Noriyuki Takayama and Martin Werding


In 2050, world population growth is predicted to come almost to a halt. Shortly thereafter it may well start to shrink. A major reason behind this shift is the fertility decline that has taken place in many developed countries. In this book, experts discuss the appropriateness and effectiveness of using public policy to influence fertility decisions. Contributors discuss the general feasibility of public interventions in the area of fertility; analyze fertility patterns and policy design in such countries as Japan, South Korea, China, Sweden, and France; and offer theoretical analyses of paren ... More

Keywords: world population growth, fertility decline, developed countries, public policy, fertility decisions, child-care subsidies, tax incentives, social norms, 2050, public interventions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014519
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noriyuki Takayama, editor

Martin Werding, editor