Danger Of A Population Implosion

Concerned about projected population decline, some nations are encouraging citizens to have more children.
October 7, 2004, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"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.

...This baby dearth has potentially weighty economic consequences for governments worried about everything from economic vitality to funding future pension programs and healthcare. That's why many of them have been taking measures designed to encourage their citizens to multiply."

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Published on Thursday, October 7, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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