China's One Child Policy and Its Looming Demographic Crisis

Feng Wang , University of California-Irvine

China's one child policy, designed as an emergency policy to curb rapid population growth, is reaching its thirtieth anniversary. No government policy in human history has been as drastic and as controversial in population control as this policy. While the negative social consequences of this policy have long been recognized, policymakers in China have yet to act to phase out the policy. Indeed, changing China's fertility policy in light of China's new demographic reality has become a politically sensitive topic. This talk introduces the recent evolution of the policy, reviews the drastically changed demographic and social landscape in recent years, and explains why the continuation of the policy will push China over a demographic cliff that has profound implications for China as well as the world.

The Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies Winter Colloquium is a lecture series for students, the Stanford community, and the general public that presents the latest scientific findings in demography, epidemiology, genetics, and other areas in the field of population and resource studies.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm
Herrin Hall T-175, Biological Sciences Building

The Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies