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Transcript of FT Weekend
Middle East edition
China Aims to spark baby boom
Ending one-child plan fails to improve demographics
Sluggish birth-rate prompts action
Gabriel Wildau -SHANGAI
Chinese authorities are looking at ways to encourage people to have more children.
Introduced by Communist party - 1979
Ended in 2015
"A report by Hunan province;s statistics bureau said authorities should consider child care subsidies, paternity leaves as well as maternity leave, and extra days off work for parents with sick children.
SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY/ SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017
In 2016 birth rate edged down in Guangxi and Gansu.
In Jiangxi province, 13.2 per 1000 births to 13.4. In central Shaanxi it rose from 10.1 to 10.6
Overall number of child bearing has fallen.
Reasons : The policy, Women's attitude
They persue their own education and career development.
"The opportunity costs of having a second child are large."
According to an economic professor at Beijing Institute of Technology,"Risings costs for housing and education had increased the burden of raising children."