Chapter 3 – Population and the Economy: The Ups and Downs of One and Two

On 1 January 2016, the Chinese government formally abolished the One-Child Policy, replacing it with a Two-Child Policy. This decision ended three and a half decades of the strictest form of population control the world has ever seen. It did not end population control altogether. Many commentators were quick to denounce the new policy as ‘too little too late’. They emphasised …

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