Alarmed by continuously dropping figures, some EU governments have taken drastic measures. Italy's Health Ministry launched an ad campaign two years ago to remind people that Sept. 22 was "fertility day." Other countries have sought to address the issue by focusing on education. In Denmark, for instance, schoolchildren are now taught in class that having babies doesn't only come with risks, but also with benefits. … [Read more...] about Fertility rates around the world are declining. Trump supporters won’t like the solution.
Why fertility rate decline
Both of these scenarios could happen, but it’s important to emphasize that the U.S. is not currently experiencing either one. However, it might be wise for the government to consider implementing stronger pro-family public policies such as paid family leave and subsidized child care. The U.S. is unlikely to return to the exceptionally high fertility rates enjoyed before the last recession, but the current rate is one that many countries would be thrilled with. … [Read more...] about US fertility is dropping. Here’s why some experts saw it coming
The Italian Statistics Bureau (ISTAT) has released demographic forecasts for the country predicting a steadily declining population due to a birthrate well below replacement levels. From 60.6 million in 2017, Italy’s population is expected to fall by more than ten percent over the next several decades to just 54.1 million in 2065, ISTAT stated in its May 2018 report. This drop will occur despite increased life expectancy, which is projected to grow by 5 years for both genders, reaching 86.1 years and 90.2 years, respectively for men and women (80.6 and 85 years in 2016), ISTAT said. … [Read more...] about Italian Government Forecasts Demographic Plunge by 2065
The old view holds that population is a burden, and when resources are limited, controlling the population will help reduce the pressure on resources, employment and economic development. China’s family planning policy, introduced in the late 1970s, is estimated to have prevented some 400 million births, reducing pressure on resources and the environment. After decades of rapid development, China has transitioned from a closed planned economy to an open market economy, in which further development is increasingly driven by innovation. … [Read more...] about Chinese Media Foreshadows End of Family Planning Policies
One reason immigration could have a positive impact on wages in the long run is that it's pretty clear, the NASEM authors wrote, that "immigrants are more innovative than natives; more specifically, high-skilled immigrants raise patenting per capita, which is likely to boost productivity and per capita economic growth." High-skilled immigrants may be more likely to start new businesses, hire more people, and increase more demand for workers in the long run - all of which is likely to resulted in increased wages. … [Read more...] about Analysis: There’s no ‘immigration crisis,’ and the research proves it