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Title: A Case for "Reverse One-Child" Policies in Japan and South Korea? Examining the Link Between Education Costs and Lowest-Low Fertility
Authors: Tan P.L. 
Morgan S.P.
Zagheni E.
Keywords: Education
Japan
Lowest-low fertility
Policy
Quantity–quality model
South Korea
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2016
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Citation: Tan P.L., Morgan S.P., Zagheni E. (2016-06-01). A Case for "Reverse One-Child" Policies in Japan and South Korea? Examining the Link Between Education Costs and Lowest-Low Fertility. Population Research and Policy Review 35 (3) : 327-350. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11113-016-9390-4
Abstract: Household spending on children’s pre-tertiary education is exceptionally high in Japan and South Korea, and has been cited as a cause of low fertility. Previous research attributes this high spending to a cultural emphasis on education in East Asian countries. In this paper, we argue that institutional factors, namely higher education and labor market systems, play an important role in reinforcing the pressure on parents to invest in their children’s education. We review evidence showing that graduating from a prestigious university has very high economic and social returns in Japan and South Korea, and examine the implications for fertility within the framework of quantity–quality models. Finally, we put forward ‘reverse one-child’ policies that directly address the unintended consequences of these institutional factors on fertility. These policies have the additional virtues of having very low fiscal requirements and reducing social inequality. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Source Title: Population Research and Policy Review
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/151333
ISSN: 1675923
DOI: 10.1007/s11113-016-9390-4
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