Family Demography in Asia
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Family Demography in Asia

A Comparative Analysis of Fertility Preferences

Edited by Stuart Gietel-Basten, John Casterline and Minja K. Choe

The demographic future of Asia is a global issue. As the biggest driver of population growth, an understanding of patterns and trends in fertility throughout Asia is critical to understand our shared demographic future. This is the first book to comprehensively and systematically analyse fertility across the continent through the perspective of individuals themselves rather than as a consequence of top-down government policies.
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Chapter 19: Fertility preferences in Singapore

Mui Teng Yap and Christopher Gee

Abstract

Singapore currently has one of the lowest period total fertility rates (TFRs) in Asia, at slightly more than 1.2 births per woman. However, family size ideals have generally remained at around two to three children per family. A successful family planning programme and rapid social and economic development after full independence in 1965 are credited with imbuing the population with a pragmatic mindset that pushed down traditional preferences for large families and, to some extent, preference for sons over daughters, among the various ethnic communities in the country.

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