Personal experience and statistics show that merely giving a bigger flat to an average Hong Kong family will not solve the problem of the demographic extinction that is looming in the city, which has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. Photo: AFP

Baby dearth: why rich societies like Hong Kong are committing demographic suicide

N. Balakrishnan says societies that reach a certain level of development appear vulnerable to an ‘anomie’ that makes people prize hedonistic pursuits over child-rearing. Can they reorganise themselves into a more family-friendly way before it’s too late?

Topic |   Ageing society

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Personal experience and statistics show that merely giving a bigger flat to an average Hong Kong family will not solve the problem of the demographic extinction that is looming in the city, which has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. Photo: AFP
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