In today’s Hong Kong, a significant proportion of couples voluntarily choose to be child-free and live the DINK (double income, no kids) lifestyle. Illustration: Ingo Fast

Hong Kong should make the best of being a low-fertility society

Paul Yip says high costs and changing social norms will keep Hong Kong stuck in a low fertility trap. Instead of focusing on trying to raise fertility rates, the city should also improve health, skills and education to meet the challenge

Topic |   Ageing society

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In today’s Hong Kong, a significant proportion of couples voluntarily choose to be child-free and live the DINK (double income, no kids) lifestyle. Illustration: Ingo Fast
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Paul Yip

Paul Yip

Paul Yip is the founding director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong, and a professor at the university's Department of Social Work and Social Administration. His interests include suicide prevention, population health and poverty research. He serves as the secretary general of the Asian Population Association and the research chair of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of the Hong Kong government's Steering Committee on Population Policy.