Demographic Economics

Should China abandon its one-child policy?

Elaine Yu Yee-nee, 15, Creative Secondary School

The one-child policy was launched in 1979 to control the mainland's population explosion.

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012, 12:00am

Rapidly greying HK needs new policies, experts say

Hong Kong has aged dramatically over the past decade and this 'greying' trend is set to continue, demanding a rethink in government services, analysts say.

The median age of the population rose from 36.7 years in 2001 to 41.7 last year, with 940,000 people aged 65 or older - an increase of 200,000 from 10 years ago.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Malthus was wrong but that doesn't mean we can relax

If you believe the United Nations' projections, then at some point today, somewhere on the planet, a baby will be born, who will push the world's population above the seven billion mark.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

7 billion and counting

Snow Bai, 38, loves children. Already mother to a four-year-old boy, she wouldn't mind having another child, but 'only in an ideal world'.

In reality, she won't even consider it. Under the one-child policy, she would lose her job as a state employee if she becomes pregnant again. But more to the point, she said, is the high cost of bringing up a child in Beijing.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

New report promotes parenthood

More incentives - including financial ones - should be introduced to promote parenthood, the Council for Sustainable Development says in a report on population policy.

It also calls for a review of public housing policy, including the allocation system to support and promote the care of extended family members.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Rethink needed on population policies

A key advisory group's call for the government to adopt more family-friendly policies to stimulate Hong Kong's lagging population growth is welcome. It also is a reminder of the need for bold initiatives.

22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Baby subsidies won't solve population decline

Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen may have been speaking tongue-in-cheek when he suggested the government will push a three-child policy. We hope that is the case.

22 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Greying of Shanghai forces cuts to subsidies

Shanghai has become the first mainland city to cancel subsidies for childless couples after 11 years of negative population growth has left the city with a greying population.

8 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Population warning for Australia

Numbers will fall unless immigration levels are maintained

The population of Australia will fall, even as life expectancy increases, unless immigration levels are maintained, the country's Bureau of Statistics has forecast.

8 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Population growth expected to slow

The mainland's population growth is expected to drop by about three million to 10 million a year for the next decade, according to a top official.

The figures were released by Zhang Weiqing, Minister of the State Population and Family Planning Commission, at a population conference held in Beijing on Monday, Xinhua reported.

26 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Population push from the north

You may not have noticed it but the Government has just come up with a new population forecast all the way out to the year 2029 and it raises two points of interest.

9 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Declining birth rate cause for alarm

Europe faces a serious population problem, with figures showing the lowest increase in more than 50 years.

The European Union estimates the population at the beginning of the millennium was 376.4 million, with an increasing dependence on migrants to top up the labour force.

27 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

SAR people 'to be 5th-oldest by 2050'

Hong Kong will have the world's fifth-oldest population in 50 years' time with a median age of 52.2, a new United Nations report says.

The global population today officially reaches six billion, with Italy having the oldest median age of 40.2 and the Gaza Strip the youngest at 14.4.

12 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Shanghai faces age-old problem over rapidly greying population

Think of Shanghai and one conjures up images of trendsetting in areas as diverse as fashion and industry. Yet its pace-setting role does not stop there.

21 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Shanghai unveils incentives in bid to reverse brain drain

Shanghai, the city chosen to propel China into the next millennium, is introducing competitive salaries for overseas graduates to reverse a brain drain.

New measures allow employers to pay graduates salaries compatible with those offered by overseas firms.

There are also extra benefits on offer such as housing and special bonuses.

6 May 1997 - 12:00am