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What Explains China’s Fertility Drought?

With China’s fertility rate stubbornly low, experts are casting about for ideas to encourage more women to have more children. Yet even after decades of Chinese women pursuing higher education, professional careers, and other opportunities outside the home, such proposals still fail to account properly for gender.

BEIJING – With China’s fertility rate having fallen off a cliff, many experts have offered a variety of advice for addressing the problem. But all of the proposals lack an essential component: a critical perspective on the role of gender.