The Long-Term Consequences of Having Fewer Children in Old Age: Evidence from China's “Later, Longer, Fewer” Campaign


ShanghaiTech SEM Working Paper No. 2018-013

Yi Chen

Jinan University - Institute for Economic and Social Research

Hanming Fang

ShanghaiTech University - School of Entrepreneurship and Management


Family planning plays a central role in contemporary population policies. However, little is known about its long-term consequences in old age because of the identification challenge. In this study, we examine how family planning affects the quality of life of the Chinese elderly. The direction of the effect is theoretically unclear. On the one hand...

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Current Draft: September 2018


Available at SSRN: 3245655