The influence of the Chinese zodiac on fertility in Hong Kong SAR

Author: P. S. Yip, J. Lee and Y. B. Cheung
Abstract: The annual total of births fell substantially in Hong Kong in the past 20 years, and the average fertility level of 0.9 births per family has now fallen below the notional replacement rate for the existing population. Nevertheless, short run periods of high birth rates have occurred, particularly in the Dragon Years of 1988 and 2000. This rise in fertility may be related to zodiacal beliefs about fertility and the presumed favourable time for births, but this needs to be investigated more systematically.
Keywords: Chinese astrology Fertility Dragon years
Publication: Social Science and Medicine
Issue: 55 (10)
Dated: 2002
Pages: 1803-1812

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