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The state and families in South Korea’s compressed fertility transition : A time for policy reversal?

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  • Chang, Kyung-Sup
  • National Institute of Population and Social Security Research


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Title The state and families in South Korea’s compressed fertility transition
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A time for policy reversal?

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Chang, Kyung-Sup

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[Tokyo]:National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

Date 2003
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Journal of Population and Social Security (population):vol. 1
Pages 15
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Population
Holding National Institute of Population and Social Securi

Abstract

South Korea is entering the 21st century amid a duly expected but still unaccustomed policy concern. South Koreans have intensely yearned for catching up with advanced western countries in economic terms. So far, such a pursuit has been impressively successful despite a recent national financial breakdown of 1997. However, their catching-up has been no less rapid in many non-economic aspects. In particular, the plummeting fertility rate has already made South Koreans a population less reproductive than many western countries. As bluntly shown in their total fertility rate of 1.30 in 2001 (2001 Annual Report on Live Births and Death Statistics (Based on Vital Registration), p.13), the so-called fertility transition of the South Korean population has been so dramatic that it even dwarfs the famous (or infamous?) “induced” fertility transition in China (cf. Chang, 1990). (The rest omitted)