Lyman Stone

Lyman Stone

Lyman is a contributor to Inkstone. He is an economist who specializes in population change, an adviser at the consulting firm Demographic Intelligence, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Family

Studies.

Language spoken
English
Chinese women have fewer children – and they’re cool with that
For about 20 years, women in Hong Kong have reliably told survey-takers that their ideal number of children is one or two. The average “ideal” value has been around 1.6 children. The statistic’s stability would make you think that this ideal is normal. But it’s quite unusual. According to research I’ve conducted for the US-based Institute for Family Studies, it is exceedingly rare for women to report average fertility ideals below two children. Women in South Korea, Japan and Singapore say they consider between two and three children to be ideal. Surveys vary for Taiwan, but most suggest ideals of between 1.8 and 2.4 children. Data from the United States suggests that ethnically Chinese wome