One reason why birth rates are not recovering post-recession.
Experts are perplexed.
And I don't mean the football team.
Are the Falklands being used to their best advantage? In a recession, they could be an underutilised paradise with their jobs, white sandy beaches, wildlife, mountain ranges – and lack of people. The census shows that the islands have a less than 1% unemployment rate, and the average annual income of $32,213 is much higher than Argentina's $9,620 as of last year, or that of any of the Falklands' other Latin American neighbours. However, census released this month show the small population of 2,563 to have been static since 2006.
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.
Demographers argue that the recession will lead to lower fertility in the US.
A response to the last post's article.
Vatican economist discusses the link between low birthrates and economic meltdown.