Has the Chinese family planning policy been successful in changing fertility preferences?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Has China's strict one-child policy been successful in changing fertility preferences? Using linked data from surveys conducted in four counties of northern China in 1991 and 1994, we compare reproductive behavior against prior fertility preferences and show when and where women change from wanting to not wanting more children. The acceptance of policy-sanctioned family size follows a development gradient and reflects the degree of enforcement. High acceptance occurs in the most urban, industrialized county and in the county with the most rigid family planning policy. Acceptance is weaker among women living in the poorest county and in the county where enforcement is most lenient.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Merli, MG; Smith, HL

Published Date

  • August 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 557 - 572

PubMed ID

  • 12205758

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-7790

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0070-3370

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/dem.2002.0029


  • eng