Are we ready for the “grey tsunami”?
The Lancet suggests that the UK, the USA and China are not ready.
USA’s childless women
More evidence of the drastic social changes that the USA has undergone in the last 40 years.
Are you a Jennifer? You are not alone
A neat little map showing the most popular girl names in the USA since 1960.
USA is slowly having more children
Are we seeing a fertility bump as the economic downturn slowly recedes?
Immigration to outstrip births in the USA
Immigration to the USA is set to overtake the natural growth there in the next couple of decades.
USA’s Population Crisis: Hogwash?
A recent opinion piece in the NYTimes tries to tell us that the USA has no fertility crisis.
USA - An Unhealthy Nation?
A new report details the USA's depressing health statistics.
Decline in Child Rearing – “Late-Modern Exhaustion”
An excellent opinion piece from Ross Douthat from NYTimes.
What is MAVNI?
The US is re-introducing a scheme to fast-track foreign nationals into US citizenship in return for their military skills.
Somewhere, yesterday, there was an election…
The CNN breakdown of the US election.
The Declining Numbers of Americans Wanting Work
The US labour-force participation rate is dropping - fewer people are in work or are looking for work.
Why is Everyone Leaving Detroit?
Detroit's population continues to decline, as the US economy and birth rate continues to fall.
A geeky post - the type that we all love!
Our Expanding Population
A report highlights the link between global obesity and pressures on food security.
Sex Selective Abortion in the USA
Steven Mosher speaks to a house committee on sex-selective abortions in the USA.
Mexicans are no longer throwing themselves at the fence
The melting pot of the USA is continuing to bubble away.
Demography for Democratic majority? Not really….
I’ve been fascinated by demographics for years, first learning of their practical application during a foray into the world of arts marketing, learning how to sell theatre tickets by looking at people’s life stages, income, or background.
There are good, solid uses of demographics to forecast trends, and then there is the ridiculous. Often, the ridiculous uses have to do with politics.
Do I detect a new genre of film and
novel emerging about below-replacement fertility? The first that came
to my attention was Alfonso Cuarón's bleak film Children of Men.
This was set in the UK in
2027, when global fertility has mysteriously dropped to 0.00. P.D.
James's novel with the same title, upon which the film is based, is,
if anything, bleaker still. Now I see that Booker Prize winner
Anita Brookner has published a new novel, Strangers, about a
retired bank manager who has no wife, no children and no relatives.
American evangelicals with large families
The “smart power” of family planning for American diplomany
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