of affluent two-earner couples to outbid single people for homes is a real problem,” said Coontz, adding that it’s exacerbated in Amer
ica by the extremely uneven quality of local schools, so that people get into bidding wars over homes in good school districts.
“We have to think through our housing policies, zoning laws and social investm
ents to find better ways to produce affordable housing (for singles),” she added.
A rise in single-person households may aid labor market mobility, ac
cording to Bachman. With fewer attachments to property and free of marital burdens, the
se individuals may be more open to shifting cities for jobs, which could make the labor market more mobile.
US fertility rate falling
At the same time, single-person households will have to cope with lower availability of informal personal care from
partners, Bachman wrote. Such nonmarket production (as economists would define it) may need to be replaced by pur
chased personal care services, especially health and nursing care, which could significantly impact the healthcare industry.
coordinated development plan outline in April 2015, and published the final plan in 2016. And on April 1, 2017, the central authorities an
nounced the plan to develop Xiongan New Area in Hebei province as part of the larger Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei development plan.
Between 2014 and 2017, Beijing shifted or shut down many of its non-capital functions, inc
luding 594 special markets and 1,992 general manufacturing enterprises, with 3,860 of its industrial units being re
located to Hebei. As a result, Beijing’s permanent resident population declined by 22,000 in 2017 and 165,000 in 2018.
Tianjin and Hebei have absorbed many of Beijing’s non-capital functions b
y jointly building a series of platforms, and Xiongan New Area has become the center for m
any of those relocated functions. As such, Xiongan has become one of the “two wings” of Beijing, together with Tongzhou.
The transport connectivity in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has greatly improved with opening of the expressway from Lai
shui in Hebei to Beijing in 2014, and the extension of the Beijing-Tianjin and Tianjin-Baoding intercity high-speed railw
ays and the Zhangjiakou-Tangshan railway in 2015. Along with these, Beijing’s outer-ring road
from countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf
an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.
Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nation
al center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and
workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been culti
vated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.
“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s ce
nters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at th
e Research Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.