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TAN, Poh Lin

Tan Poh Lin


Tan Poh Lin
Contact Details

DID: +65 6601 5228

Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Li Ka Shing Building, Level 2
Singapore 259772


Poh Lin’s research studies policy in the context of private decision making with regard to family formation (marriage and fertility). Currently, she is working on projects which examine the impact of parental care obligations on fertility choices in Asian “sandwich” generations; and the effectiveness of policy interventions using randomized controlled field experiments.

She received her BA from Princeton University in 2008 and her PhD from Duke University in 2015. Prior to receiving her PhD, she served as a Population Policy Officer at the National Population Secretariat (now National Population and Talent Division) at the Prime Minister’s Office.

View her academic profile here (new link):  http://nus.academia.edu/PohLinTan

Tan Poh Lin - CV

Research Areas

  • Demography and population
  • Population
  • Singapore social policy

Media Expertise

  • Fertility and marriage



  • Tan, Poh Lin, S. Philip Morgan & Emilio Zagheni. 2016. A Case for “Reverse One-Child” Policies in Japan and South Korea? Examining the Link between Education Costs and Lowest-Low Fertility. Population Research and Policy Review 35(5): 327-350.
  • • Tan, Poh Lin. 2017. The Impact of School Entry Laws on Female Education and Teenage Fertility. Journal of Population Economics 30(2): 503-536
  • Tan, Poh Lin. Forthcoming. Dual Burdens of Care: “Sandwiched Couples” in East Asia. Journal of Aging and Health.

Working Papers

  • Tan, Poh Lin. The Impact of Co-Residence with Parents on Fertility in East Asia: A Quasi-Experimental Approach Using Sibling Gender and Order Composition.
  • Agarwal, Sumit, Wenlan Qian, Tien Foo Sing and Poh Lin Tan. Dragon Babies: The Impact of Superstitious Beliefs on Life Outcomes and Consumer Behavior



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