Worldwide birth dearth

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October 06, 2004

Worldwide birth dearth

Now, dangers of a population implosion
For decades, much has been written about the world’s exploding population. But 60 countries, about a third of all nations, have fertility rates today below 2.1 children per woman, the number necessary to maintain a stable population. Half of those nations have levels of 1.5 or less. In Armenia, Italy, South Korea, and Japan, average fertility levels are now close to one child per woman. Barring unforeseen change, at least 43 of these nations will have smaller populations in 2050 than they do today. This baby dearth has potentially weighty economic consequences for governments worried about everything from economic vitality to funding future pension programs and healthcare. (Birth-control, abortion and women entering the workforce is to blame.) Posted by Editor at October 6, 2004 09:57 PM

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