Tuesday, August 23, 2011

29 August 2011: Middle Class Dreams: India’s One-Child Families

Alaka Basu
Cornell University and
Sonalde Desai
University of Maryland

While rapid fertility decline in India during the last two decades has received considerable attention, much of the discourse has focused on the decline in high parity births. However, this presentation finds that almost hidden from the public gaze, a small segment of the Indian population has begun the transition to extremely low fertility. Among the urban middle classes, it is no longer unusual to find families stopping after one child, even when this child is a girl. Using data from the India Human Development Survey of 2004–2005, the presentation examines the factors that may lead some families to stop at a single child. Better understanding of the correlates of this small but distinct segment of society also provides a window into the role of demography in shaping the future of social inequality in a society undergoing rapid transition.

Date: August 29, 2011
Time: 03:30 P.M.

NCAER Committee Room
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Parisila Bhawan, 11, Indraprastha Estate
New Delhi-110002(INDIA)


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