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 is declining
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
China’s state-run media was keenly interested in a Monday column from Bloomberg News reporting that Beijing is thinking about scrapping its 40-year-old family planning policy and allowing Chinese citizens to have as many children as they want. According to Bloomberg, China’s State Council – roughly equivalent to a presidential cabinet – is researching the repercussions of lifting the restrictions on family size and could announce the end of birth limits as early as the fourth quarter of 2018. … [Read more...] about Chinese Media Foreshadows End of Family Planning Policies
"Some studies have found sizable negative short-run wage impacts for high school dropouts, the native-born workers who in many cases are the group most likely to be in direct competition for jobs with immigrants," the authors of the NASEM study wrote. If low-skilled immigrants are competing with low-skilled Americans for low-skill jobs, that larger applicant pool may result in somewhat lower wages. … [Read more...] about Analysis: There’s no ‘immigration crisis,’ and the research proves it