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  1. News - World - SOCIETY

    Parents say life with children is not always better, surveys show

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 11:05pm by AFP

    ... with children have lower life evaluation," the study, released on Monday, said. "The higher the fertility rate, the more likely are people living with children to report lower life evaluation ... children rated their lives about the same, but, globally, children tended to diminish well-being, according to a study released this week. The results were derived from two surveys by Gallup ...

  2. Rethink the one-child policy before it's too late

    Posted Sep 25th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and increasingly burdened them with caring for growing numbers of elderly. It is time the policy was rethought. Wealth and fertility rates are closely allied. As developed parts of Asia and elsewhere ... children born to each woman in order to have a stable population level. In developed East Asia, fertility rates are at much lower levels that are either near or at the bottom of global rankings, ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China's too old for a new revolution

    Posted Jul 23rd 2013, 12:00am

    ... low fertility rate means the end of cheap labour, low wages and widespread prosperity. But it also means fewer angry youths on the streets threatening political order. A falling birth rate ...

  4. Boosting the birth rate critical for HK's future

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of lights' a thing or two about persuading women to have babies. Its fertility rate is 1.9 per woman, one of the highest in Europe but still under the 2.07 needed to avoid natural population decline. ... fertility rates is making sure that women can both have children and work, because 'if we force them to choose between working or being mothers they will choose work'. One working mother ...

  5. Taiwanese share concerns

    Posted Apr 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... commissioned by the South China Morning Post, also conducted last month. Taiwan has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, with 1.16 children per woman, but still ranks one place behind Hong ...

  6. Solving HK's age-old problem

    Posted May 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Luisa Tam

    ... at the characteristics of ageing populations on the mainland, India, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong, warned that Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore- with the highest life expectancies and lowest fertility rates ... and the median age is 41.7 years. Mahtani says the problem stems from longer life expectancy thanks to advances in medicine and better health care services in the city. Hong Kong's low fertility ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong facing hit to economy as ageing population looms

    Posted Dec 29th 2013, 04:16pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... drivers of a fertility rate that is one of the lowest in the world by some measure, with an average 1.20 births per woman according to the World Bank. “Young people do want to get married, ... later and have a very small time window to start families, he said. Many married couples “would rather have a pet than a child”, added Yip. Based on current fertility and mortality rates ...

  8. News - China

    ‘Two-child policy’ town shows scope for reform

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 02:35pm by AFP

    ... growth and a swelling elderly population that will require care, Li and others argue that China should worry more about boosting the number of births. Its estimated fertility rate of 1.5 children ... expensive as housing, education and other costs have spiralled. A fall in China’s fertility rate would be consistent with global trends as people grow wealthier and move to cities. “There is a very ...

  9. 7 billion and counting

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... and one-fifth of the level in 1970. The figures also implied the total fertility rate- the average number of children a woman can expect to have in her lifetime- has further shrunk to 1.4 from 1.82 a decade ago, well below the level of about 2.1 that allows the population to replace itself. In 1970, when the government began looking into controlling population growth, the fertility rate ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Baby steps not enough for population policy

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 03:26am by Alice Wu

    ... issue has been plaguing Hong Kong for years. Granted, the problem is complex. It is easy to see why it tops the list of reasons for the low fertility rate. The lack of space and the astronomical ... a population policy in this city for years. The reasons behind our ridiculously low birth rate is as obvious as they are numerous. It all comes down to our shift in attitude to demand a better qualify ...




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