Low Fertility and Reproductive Health in East Asia

  • Naohiro Ogawa
  • Iqbal H. Shah

Part of the International Studies in Population book series (ISIP, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Naohiro Ogawa, Iqbal H. Shah, Gayl D. Ness
    Pages 1-9
  3. Naohiro Ogawa, Andrew Mason, Sang-Hyop Lee, An-Chi Tung, Rikiya Matsukura
    Pages 31-58
  4. Sang-Hyop Lee, Naohiro Ogawa, Rikiya Matsukura
    Pages 59-73
  5. Vegard Skirbekk, Rikiya Matsukura, Naohiro Ogawa
    Pages 75-100
  6. Paul F. A. Van Look
    Pages 101-116
  7. Tina Harmer Lassen, Teruaki Iwamoto, Tina Kold Jensen, Niels E. Skakkebæk
    Pages 117-135
  8. Ryuzaburo Sato, Miho Iwasawa
    Pages 137-159
  9. Yoshie Moriki, Kenji Hayashi, Rikiya Matsukura
    Pages 161-185
  10. Zheng Wu, Shuzhuo Li, Christoph M. Schimmele, Yan Wei, Quanbao Jiang, Zhen Guo
    Pages 187-209
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 211-220

About this book


This book provides a unique blend of social and biomedical sciences in the field of low fertility and reproductive health. It offers a significant contribution to understanding the determinants of low fertility mostly in East Asia, including an assessment of the effectiveness of policies that aim to raise fertility. It introduces new analytical tools and methods, and shares application of innovative approaches to analyzing cross-sectional and longitudinal survey data and macro socioeconomic data to shed light on changing mechanisms of low fertility in the context of reproductive health.

The volume introduces the demographic dividend into the study of fertility, analyzes possible impact of population ageing on the amount of resources allocated to child rearing, i.e. the so called "crowding-out effect" in social care and public spending between the elderly and children. The book also tests the Low Fertility Trap (LFT) hypothesis, a new important theory regarding fertility trends.

The book focuses on East Asia which is numerically large but relatively under-researched with regard to issues covered in various chapters. The relevance of the volume, however, goes beyond countries in East Asia.

The book breaks new grounds and reveals little known facts regarding the influence of endocrine disruptors on male fertility through falling sperm counts, the phenomenon of marital sexlessness and the sexual behavior of adolescents in East Asia.


Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) Cost of children Cost of the elderly Day care centers Demographic dividend into the study of fertility Endocrine disrupters on male fertility Falling sperm count Family policies Gender roles Health care utilization Intergenerational transfers Low fertility trap (LFT) hypothesis Low-fertility countries Marital sexlessness National Transfer Accounts (NTA) Possible impact of population ageing Reproductive health Resources allocated to child bearing Sexual behaviours of adolescents Understanding the determinants of low fertility

Editors and affiliations

  • Naohiro Ogawa
    • 1
  • Iqbal H. Shah
    • 2
  1. 1.Population Research Institute and College of EconomicsNihon UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Global Health and Population Harvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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