Birth Rates


Large-scale immigration cure for Europe’s demographic “disaster”?
Marcus Roberts | Sep 2 2015 | comment  
If it is, at what cost?

The joys of parenting
Shannon Roberts | Aug 24 2015 | comment  
Does parenthood really make a person more unhappy than divorce, unemployment or the death of a partner?

What can governments do to increase birthrates?
Marcus Roberts | Jul 29 2015 | comment  
Pay parents? Subsidise childcare? Longer maternity leave?

A fascinating map of an ageing world
Shannon Roberts | Jun 15 2014 | comment  
The proportion of the world that is over 65 will increase dramatically by 2100.

Ukraine suffering population decline
Marcus Roberts | Jul 22 2013 | comment  
Let's add Ukraine to the list of European countries in population decline.

German Cardinal Thinks Women Should be Mothers: Cue Hissing
Marcus Roberts | May 27 2013 | comment  
Cardinal Meisner wants the German Government to encourage women to have babies. How old skool.

Spain is Shrinking
Marcus Roberts | May 2 2013 | comment  
Spain's population has declined in 2012. Is this the start of a longterm trend?

Population will stabilise by 2050 According to Physics
Marcus Roberts | Apr 10 2013 | comment  
Researchers in Madrid are predicting that the planet's population will stop growing by 2050.

Something is Unbegotten in the State of Denmark
Marcus Roberts | Apr 3 2013 | comment  
Danish researchers are desperate for their country's birthrate to increase.

Japanese politician suggests banning abortion to increase birthrates
Shannon Roberts | Mar 1 2013 | comment  
It is common knowledge that Japan is in more economic trouble than most as a result of its low birth rate, and it seems that Japanese politicians are taking the situation increasingly seriously. One Japanese politician has come up with a fairly commonsensible plan to increase the country’s ailing birth rate – ban abortions.

Singapore’s rocky search for more migrants
Marcus Roberts | Feb 22 2013 | comment  
Singapore's government is facing dissent over its plans to bring in more migrants to make up for a low birth rate.

An Asian population spike
Shannon Roberts | Jan 21 2013 | comment  
In Taiwan, between January and September 2012, births were up 14.5 percent versus the same period in 2011. Vietnam saw an additional 61,375 babies born in the first five months of 2012—a spike of 13.5 percent from the previous year. Similar statistics are not yet available for China, but a dip in the birthrate in 2011—a mere rabbit year—suggests that couples may have been postponing procreation, says the University of North Carolina demographer Cai Yong (whose own dragon baby was born last February).

Decline in Child Rearing – “Late-Modern Exhaustion”
Marcus Roberts | Dec 7 2012 | comment  
An excellent opinion piece from Ross Douthat from NYTimes.

Why is Everyone Leaving Detroit?
Marcus Roberts | Sep 25 2012 | comment  
Detroit's population continues to decline, as the US economy and birth rate continues to fall.

Recession pushes United States birth rate to 25 year low
Shannon Roberts | Aug 18 2012 | comment  
The United States had been one of the few developed countries to maintain fertility rates at close to replacement level. However, the average number of births per woman there is projected to fall to 1.87 this year and 1.86 next year according to consulting firm Demographic Intelligence. Surprisingly, it is now below that of even the British and the French (both at 2.0). The rates are a 25 year low and, sadly, seem in some part to be due to the recession and a rising cost of living and having children.

Cuba and a familiar future
Marcus Roberts | Aug 14 2012 | comment  
Cuba is facing the consequences of high abortion rates, low birth rates and high net emigration.

Scotland - we have not forgotten you!
Marcus Roberts | Aug 9 2012 | comment  
An update on the Scottish population.

A more urban future for devastated Japan
Shannon Roberts | Aug 3 2012 | comment  
The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in north-eastern Japan has had a dramatic demographic effect on the country. Firstly, the disaster knocked Japanese women from their perch as the world’s longest living.

Russia: Sick and Dying (Reboot)
Marcus Roberts | Jul 26 2012 | comment  
A response to responses to our last post.

Russia: Sick and Dying
Marcus Roberts | Jul 23 2012 | comment  
More bad news about Russia's population.

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