Sinn Won HAN

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I am a social demographer who investigates the patterns, causes, and consequences of the fertility decline in postindustrial societies.  Under this overarching theme, my current research explores three topics:  (1) Whether and how are the lingering legacies of the global financial crisisincluding and especially labor market uncertainties for youth and the surge in housing prices followed by global quantitative easingrelated to the declining fertility rate in many postindustrial countries since the 2000s? (2) Do sustained low fertility and population aging retard economic growth? If so, does the decline in economic dynamism (i.e., declining technological innovations and entrepreneurship) mediates the two phenomena?  (3) Is the left-right political fertility gap indeed the case in advance industrial democracies, as some politicians and right-wing commentators are avidly putting it?

My dissertation, The Normative Foundations of Postindustrial Fertility Variation, explored the sources of the variation in fertility levels across advanced industrial high-income countries. Questions that I addressed in my dissertation include (1) whether and how individuals' views and perceptions towards childbearing are shaped by the normative context that valorises the desirable roles of men and women (Population and Development Review, European Sociological Review), and (2) how people's gender-role beliefs and visions of family life have differently evolved in different societies? 

My previous research projects attempted to explain diverging fertility trends in postindustrial regions of Europe since the 1990s (Population and Development Review) and analyse cross-national trends in college-educated women's educational hypogamy (Demography)

I teach and research at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) as an assistant professor of sociology.  Before joining HKU, I was a postdoctoral associate in Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University.  I obtained my doctoral degree in sociology at Harvard University.

Photography by Brian Tam, HKU