February 8, 2013

Does Low Fertility Spell Economic Collapse?

Ruy Teixeira, New Republic


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Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff,” wrote Jonathan Last, “The root cause of most of our problems is our declining fertility rate.” This view, as recently expressed in The Wall Street Journal and at greater length in Last’s new book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, holds that a decline in fertility rates (the average number of children born per woman) means nothing less than the end of civilization as we know it.

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TAGGED: Fertility, Economics, Population Growth

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