Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101827
Authors: 
Huang, Wei
Lei, Xiaoyan
Zhao, Yaohui
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8394
Abstract: 
This paper investigates how people respond to the distorted incentives of One-Child Policy by examining its impact on twin births in China. The analysis using population census data shows that the One-Child Policy accounts for more than one-third of the increase in twin births since the 1970s. Further investigation finds that the One-Child Policy is associated with a larger birth gap of twins with prior births and greater height difference between twins. These findings suggest that the increase in twin births can partly be explained by parents registering single children as twins in order to avoid the policy violation punishment.
Subjects: 
twins
one-child policy
China
JEL: 
J08
J11
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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