Population Matters

Want more babies? Try cutting men's work hours

Among developed countries worldwide, fertility is, perhaps surprisingly, higher in countries in which women's participation in the labour force is higher.

What lies behind this apparently counter-intuitive phenomenon can help us better understand the problems of low fertility and population ageing in developed Asian countries and shape policies in response to them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2018, with the headline 'Want more babies? Try cutting men's work hours'. Print Edition | Subscribe