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Learnings from Global Experiences

Do Fewer Births Bring More Prosperity?

Decline and Prosper! Changing Global Birth Rates and the Advantages of Fewer Children by Vegard Skirbekk, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, pp 396, `1,192.

Several countries have begun to experience population decline, according to the United Population Prospects, 2022. Declining birth rates around the globe are causing panic among the political class and the policymakers. Demographers, national planners, economists, politicians and many entrepreneurs are wary of lowest-low fertility rates of the human species. The shrinking population is the next biggest threat to geopolitics and sustainable development globally, as Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson (2019) have put forward in their influential new book, Empty Planet. A recent tweet on human fertility by Tesla chief Elon Musk received huge social media attention. He tweeted,

If people don’t have more children, civilization is going to crumble. Mark my words.

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Updated On : 11th Sep, 2022
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