Ask: NUS Economists

Why more women in East Asia are not marrying

A The decline in marriage is a well-documented trend in most of the industrialised world.

In East Asia, the proportion of single women aged 35 to 39 has increased considerably, reaching about one in five in Hong Kong and Japan by the mid-to late-2000s, compared with one in 20, at most, in 1970.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2018, with the headline 'Why more women in East Asia are not marrying'. Print Edition | Subscribe