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  • Lifestyle, Trends
    November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

    China’s Baby Bust: Consumers, Birth Rates, and Government Impotence

    Chinese baby

    China recently announced intentions to loosen its One Child Policy as part of a broader shift towards a consumption-based economy. As the theory goes, more births equal more demand for products and services as well as additional security for China's savers that they will be looked after in older age - either directly by their numerous kids or indirectly through transfer payments from younger workers. Unfortunately, the relationship between consumption and birth rates is not straightforward or one-sided: Social, cultural, and environmental factors stemming from China's fledgling consumer culture are pushing birth rates down and are likely to continue to do so regardless of government policy. Here's how.  ...Read More

  • FMCG, Wellness
    July 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

    Milking it: Foreign brands and Chinese sucklers

    Meiji Milk Powder. Tsunami alert?

    China is in the midst of a baby boom. Concurrently, Chinese society is aging and will likely suffer from economic malaise unless local families step up baby production. China's One Child Policy is still the main culprit, but its impact is diminishing as individuals become more affluent and less dependent on government for employment and services. With communism out of the way, Chinese families have a capitalist reason not to have more children: It's just too expensive, mostly since safety concerns allow foreign brands to corner the market for baby products and charge up to four times what they would in other countries. China, meanwhile, is paying the price.  ...Read More

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