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“Unstoppable” population decline predicted for China
Shannon Roberts - MercatorNet, 10 January 2019. [14-01-2019]
A Chinese government report predicts that the country’s population will peak in 2029 at 1.44 billion, before beginning a period of “unstoppable” decline, leading to “very unfavourable social and economic consequences”.
Almost half of US births happen outside marriage
Riley Griffin - Concorde Monitor, 17 October 2018. [19-10-2018]
An increasing number of births happen outside of marriage, signaling cultural and economic shifts that are here to stay, according to a new report from the United Nations.
Selfish people have fewer children and earn less money
Science Daily, 17 October 2018. [19-10-2018]
According to an interdisciplinary study by researchers from Stockholm University, the Institute for Futures Studies and the University of South Carolina, unselfish people tend both to have more children and to receive higher salaries, in comparison to more selfish people.
France tops EU table for births outside marriage
The Local, 10 August 2018. [10-08-2018]
Six out of ten babies in France are born to parents outside of wedlock —the highest rate in the European Union— a Eurostat study has found.
A growing share of Americans say three or more kids are ‘ideal’
Kristen Bialik - Pew Research Center, 9 August 2018. [10-08-2018]
The number of children Americans see as “ideal” suggest that middle-child families could become more popular again, according to a recent Gallup survey.
A new postage stamp in China hints at a change in family-planning
Annabelle Timsit - Quartz, 9 August 2018. [10-08-2018]
China’s national post service unveiled a government-issued postage stamp in honor of the upcoming lunar year of the pig, prompting speculation that a change in the country’s family-planning policy is in the works.
Four demographic surprises in France over the last 50 years
Gilles Pison - Population & Societies (INED), March 2018. [23-07-2018]
These are changes that nobody was expecting half a century ago: the astonishing increase in life expectancy, the postponement of motherhood, the increase in births outside marriage and the invention and success of civil partnerships.
US women are postponing motherhood, but less than others
Gretchen Livingstone - Pew Research Center, 28 June 2018. [23-07-2018]
Women in the United States are waiting longer to have children than in the past, but they are still starting their families sooner – and ultimately having more children – than women in many other developed nations, according to a new study.
Too few children threatens economic growth
Peter Morici - MarketWatch, 2 July 2018. [03-07-2018]
America and much of the industrialized world are suffering from a baby drought with terrible consequences for long-term economic growth and social insurance systems that support the elderly.
10 There have never been so few children in Japan
Siobhán O’Grady - The Washington Post, 4 May 2018. [05-05-2018]
Japan finds itself in a somewhat unique predicament: It’s the world’s third-largest economy, but its population is shrinking — and quickly.
11 How Japan is tackling its plummeting population problem
Marie-Danielle Smith - National Post, 20 March 2018. [21-03-2018]
Within a decade, scholars predict, one third of Japanese people will be 65 or older. By 2035, half will be single. By 2040, half of Japan’s municipalities could die out, with one in three houses abandoned. The current population of 127 million will dip below 100 million before 2050.
12 Young Koreans turn their backs on marriage
Yoon Ja-young - The Korea Times, 21 March 2018. [21-03-2018]
Young Koreans are increasingly shunning marriage, meaning the country’s birthrate, which has fallen to one of the lowest in the world, is likely to slide further.
13 Children born in New Zealand 1992-2017
Stuff, 16 March 2018. [16-03-2018]
The number of births in 2017 mirrored those from 25 years ago, but the national fertility rate hit a record low ever at 1.81 births per woman.
14 Joining the Sandwich Generation requires valuable tool
Pamela Hayford - New Press, 27 August 2017. [28-08-2017]
The Sandwich Generation is that group of middle-age people who are still raising their kids but also taking care of a parent. The Pew Research Center gives it a broader determination: those who have any parent older than 65 and are still raising kids.
15 Hongkongers top life expectancy rankings worldwide
Julia Hollingsworth - South China Morning Post, 29 July 2017. [09-08-2017]
Hongkongers continue to have the highest life expectancy in the world, surpassing Japan’s men and women for the second consecutive year, according to the Japanese government.
16 Why do wealthier people have fewer children?
Parul Tewari - Nexus, 1 August 2017. [09-08-2017]
Even though in the last few decades there has been an increase in individual incomes, researchers have observed a negative correlation between the increased wealth and the number of children people choose to have.
17 Hungary reveals new ideas to increase birth numbers
Daily Mail, 25 May 2017. [28-05-2017]
At a conference on families, Hungary’s prime minister said the government will reduce mortgages for families with three or more children and build or renovate many nurseries to help boost the country’s birth rate, among other decisions that will make 2018 the year of families.
18 On International Day, UN honours midwives as family “partners for life”
UN, 5 May 2017. [06-05-2017]
The United Nations population agency urged governments and development partners to expand midwifery programmes and promote an environment where midwives can effectively serve the needs of women and their families, on the occasion of International Day of the Midwife.
19 New office in push for more babies set up in Taiwan
Xinhua, 12 April 2017. [18-04-2017]
Taiwan’s fertility rate has remained around 1.1 since 2005, far below the replacement rate of 2.1 to maintain a stable population. It even plunged to 0.89 in 2010, the world’s lowest that year.
20 How many kids is too many kids?
Lauren Apfel - The Week, 20 March 2017. [24-03-2017]
If larger families are being normalized (or seen as the province of the rich), other couples are more likely to set their sights on having them. If three children can become the new two, in other words, four might very well become as socially acceptable as three. And so on.
21 What not to say to couples who don't have children
Maria McHale - Irish Times, 22 March 2017. [22-03-2017]
One in six Irish couples is childfree involuntarily. Even family and friends make hurtful comments, they say. When you’re facing a lifetime living childfree against your wishes, you need guidance and support to accept and develop new dreams and a new life.
22 Baby blues - no EU nation will replace itself on current trend
Donal O’Donovan - The Independent, 14 March 2017. [15-03-2017]
Rich Europeans are having more babies than those in the poorest member states, with Sweden and the UK joining France and Ireland in having the highest fertility rates, while southern and eastern European countries are producing the fewest babies. Across Europe, no country is producing enough children to replace their parents.
23 Why Putin is paying women to have more children...
Marcel Theroux - The Telegraph, 10 March 2017. [15-03-2017]
It’s been clear to Russian policymakers for a while that their country is facing a demographic crisis. After the break up of the Soviet Union, the population of Russia shrank by up to 700,000 a year. Between 1992 and 2009, the country lost about six million people, or four per cent of its population.
24 What's the secret to long life? Have children, Swedish experts say
Lee Roden - The Local Sweden, 14 March 2017. [14-03-2017]
A new study by researchers at the Karolinska Institute medical university in Stockholm, looked at 1.4 million Swedes born between 1911 and 1925. The researchers calculated that at the age of 60, the remaining life expectancy of men without children could be projected as a further 18.4 years, while those who had kids could expect 20.2 years more.
25 Two-child policy needs multiple support
Stuart Gietel-Basten- China Daily, 9 March 2017. [10-03-2017]
In China, the government is considering giving “birth rewards and subsidies” to parents to encourage them to have a second child. This revolution in family planning policy –from restricting to encouraging childbearing– is remarkable in terms of both its speed and scope. It also shows how concerned the government is about the state of the country’s demography.

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