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The Political Economy of Japan's Low Fertility

Frances McCall Rosenbluth


This book takes an interdisciplinary approach to one of Japan's thorniest public policy issues: why are women increasingly forgoing motherhood? At the heart of the matter lies a paradox: although the overall trend among rich countries is for fertility to decrease as female labor participation increases, gender-friendly countries resist the trend. Conversely, gender-unfriendly countries have lower fertility rates than they would have if they changed their labor markets to encourage the hiring of women—and therein lies Japan's problem. The authors argue that the combination of an inhospitable la ... More

Keywords: Japan, public policy, women, motherhood, fertility rate, fertility, female labor participation, gender-friendly countries, labor market, childcare

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804754866
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804754866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frances McCall Rosenbluth, editor

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