China’s one-child policy (1980)


In 1980 Song Jian and his collaborators, who had been specialists of control theory applied to airspace engineering, computed that if the birth rate in China remained at its current level, the population would reach more than two billion during the twenty-first century. Their results, based on an age-structured mathematical model, contributed to the government’s decision to turn to a one-child policy.


Chinese Communist Party Female Birth Birth Control Policy Demographic Projection Mathematical Population 
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Further reading

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    Greenhalgh, S.: Missile science, population science: The origins of China’s one-child policy. China Q. 182, 253–276 (2005) CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Greenhalgh, S.: Just One Child, Science and Policy in Deng’s China. University of California Press (2008) Google Scholar
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    Meadows, D.H., Meadows, D.L., Randers, J., Behrens, W.W.: The Limits to Growth, A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind, 2nd edn. Universe Books, New York (1974) Google Scholar
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    Song, J.: Selected Works of J. Song. Science Press, Beijing (1999) Google Scholar
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    Song, J.: Some developments in mathematical demography and their application to the People’s Republic of China. Theor. Popul. Biol. 22, 382–391 (1982) MATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Song, J., Yu, J.: Population System Control. Springer, Berlin (1988) MATHGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)BondyFrance

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