Another week, another handy Economist infographic! This time they take on the Chinese one-child policy and its effect on population size if it were theoretically 100% enforced across the board. They couple that with the predictions from the UN a few weeks ago, which estimate the population as it actually will be with the current one-child policy, a policy that has been unevenly implemented with various exemptions and rigidity across China. According to the Economist’s chart, if the one-child policy had been enforced strictly, China’s population would shrink to less than 200 million within the century! Man, that’d make for a lot more empty cities. More from the Economist here.
See more one-child policy coverage from Shanghaiist here.