Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Birth dearth

The Other McCain passes along a quote of the day from Robert Samuelson.
"Societies that cannot replace their populations discourage investment and innovation. They have stagnant or shrinking markets for goods and services. With older populations, they resist change. For a country to stabilize its population — discounting immigration — women must have an average of about two children. That’s a ‘fertility rate’ of two. Many countries with struggling economies are well below that. Japan’s fertility rate is 1.2. Italy’s is 1.3, as is Spain’s. These countries are having about one child for every two adults.”
Don't just read; do something about the situation. We'll see in nine months if anybody listened to this.

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