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Economic development and fertility decline : lessons from Asia's newly industrialized countries

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): East-West Center

Author(s): Bryant Robey

Series: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 16

Topic: Economics (Economic policy, planning, and development)
Population and demographics (Family planning)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Asia


During the past 25 years, Asia's newly industrialized countries, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan, have experienced rapid economic growth and achieved dramatic reductions in fertility. The evidence is strong that investments in economic and social development have combined with effective family planning programs to reduce fertility rates.