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The Consequences of China’s One Child Policy


The announcement of the modification of China’s One Child Policy should come as a surprise to no one but it is a welcome news and first step towards the restoration of the Chinese family.

Article: China Abandons One-Child Policy

According to Chinese officials, China one child policy has averted 400 million births since its implementation in the early 1980’s. It is argued by its defendants that the policy helped millions of Chinese citizens to move out of poverty, allowing the unprecedented growth of Chinese economy, which ironically was fueled precisely by China post revolution population growth.

What proponents of the one child policy do not like to admit are all the unintended consequences of such policy:

1. Woman’s fertility is owned by the state.

The brutality in which the Chinese government enforced the one child policy is well documented. Infanticide, forced late-term abortions, sterilization and economic fines were the blunt instrument that the government used to deprive a woman from her fertility.

Statistics on forced abortions in China:


2. Sex Ratio at Birth is perturbed.

It is estimated that in China there are about 38 million more boys than girls under the age of 20. The average global male to female ratio of reproductive age is about 1:1.

The one child policy engendered an open season against female babies, due to cultural preference to having a male baby instead of a female baby. The government introduced many policies to counterbalance such disproportion from criminalizing sex selective abortion to creating incentives to families with one girl to no avail.

Article:  Abnormal sex ratios in human populations: Causes and consequences

3. China is headed to a population implosion.

China has one of the lowest birth rate in the world. This sustained low fertility rate creates a population imbalance that has a severe detrimental effect on the sustainability of the Chinese economy. As the population ages less and less young people are available to replace the working force. The reduction of the working force against a dramatic increase in the aging population will have a severe effect on the Chinese economy.

Article: China lifts one-child policy amid worries over graying population

This is the argument made by Feng Wang, a Senior Fellow of the Brooking-Tsinghua Center in his article: Racing Towards the Precipice published published in China Economic Quarterly

The Chinese government efforts to avoid the un-intended consequences of its one child policy might be too little too late, according to many experts but is far more desirable than other alternative such as forced euthanasia, which will not significantly mitigate the economic consequences of its pending population crash.