If it is, at what cost?
Does parenthood really make a person more unhappy than divorce, unemployment or the death of a partner?
Pay parents? Subsidise childcare? Longer maternity leave?
The proportion of the world that is over 65 will increase dramatically by 2100.
Let's add Ukraine to the list of European countries in population decline.
Cardinal Meisner wants the German Government to encourage women to have babies. How old skool.
Spain's population has declined in 2012. Is this the start of a longterm trend?
Researchers in Madrid are predicting that the planet's population will stop growing by 2050.
Danish researchers are desperate for their country's birthrate to increase.
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 government is facing dissent over its plans to bring in more migrants to make up for a low birth rate.
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).
An excellent opinion piece from Ross Douthat from NYTimes.
Detroit's population continues to decline, as the US economy and birth rate continues to fall.
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 is facing the consequences of high abortion rates, low birth rates and high net emigration.
An update on the Scottish population.
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.
A response to responses to our last post.
More bad news about Russia's population.
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