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China’s Revolution in Family Structure: A Huge Demographic Blind Spot with Surprises Ahead

American Enterprise Institute

February 27, 2023

  • This report maps out recent and prospective trends in China’s family structure and kinship network patterns and assesses the social, economic, and political implications of these changes. We believe this is the first such study ever undertaken for a major national population.
  • The report maps out changing family patterns through demographic modeling techniques, which simulate trends in family formation based on existing demographic data.
  • Because statistics on family networks are not collected in China (or almost anywhere else), this area represents a blind spot for policymakers—a potentially fateful one, as shown in this report.

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About the Author

Nicholas Eberstadt