Even though there is a notion of a birth dearth, this text aims at debunking the common belief that a population that is not growing due to declining fertility spells disaster for our world. The population has declined over time, but in reality the world continues to add 83 million people each year. Some birth dearthers, citing low fertility in affluent nations, express concern about “moral decay” (vi). For example, “smaller and unconventional families” will harm the United States because there will be fewer children and there will not be enough people to care for the elderly (vii). The authors of this book, however, show how a lower fertility rate will not pose an economic threat but will lead to population stabilization and even reduction. Reduction in family size in Europe and Japan, for example, has not resulted in negative effects.
Mordaunt, Owen G.
"The Good Crisis: How Population Stabilization Can Foster a Healthy U.S. Economy,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 7, Article 13.
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