Stuart Gietel-Basten

About Stuart Gietel-Basten

Dr. Stuart Gietel-Basten is currently Associate Professor in Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. He is also a Research Fellow of the Social Policy and Risk Society Research Centre, National Taiwan University; the Finnish Population Research Institute and the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan, Universität Tübingen. Former places of employment include IIASA, European University Institute and he received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. His research interests revolve around the fertility and ageing in Asia, as well as theoretical approaches to why people have children in the twenty-first century.

Why Scrapping the One-Child Policy Will Do Little to Change China’s Population

China is scrapping its one-child policy and officially allowing all couples to have two children. While some may think this heralds an overnight switch, the reality is that it is far less dramatic. This is, in fact, merely the latest in an array of piecemeal national and local reforms implemented since 1984.

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How Bad Demography Has Contributed to Pronatalist Policy in Iran

During the 1990s, Iran secured one of – if not the – fastest fertility declines  of any country in history. In the mid-1980s, the total fertility rate in Iran was more than 5.6. BY 2000 this had fallen to below replacement rate (around 2.0) This was achieved through the implementation of a highly progressive family planning policy  in tandem with increased employment and educational opportunities for women. Today, fertility in Iran is around 1.9.

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Theorising Television and Demographic Behaviour

Television and celebrity are ubiquitous in the industrial world and, increasingly, in many parts of the developing world. Making the link between television and childbearing preferences and outcomes may seem a leap of faith, but recent studies are increasingly finding associations, particularly in the developing world. Apart from my own work, numerous studies have reflected on the relationship between television and childbearing, especially in India and Brazilian soap operas. In the past week, however, the issue has been brought to the fore by a blog post on Geocurrents by Martin Lewis at Stanford University, who explicitly examines the role of television in driving down fertility in India. For Lewis,

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