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Can The Rich World Escape Its Baby Crisis?

22.05.24 | Cuca Margoux

by Flint, Michigan

Governments are splurging on handouts to avert demographic catastrophe.

Three decades ago, when women now entering their 40s became fertile, East Asian governments had reason to celebrate. If a South Korean woman behaved in the same way as her older compatriots, she would emerge from her childbearing years with 1.7 offspring on average, down from 4.5 in 1970. Across the region, policymakers had brought down teenage pregnancies dramatically. The drop in birth rates, which occured over the span of a single generation, was a stunning success. That was until it carried on. And on.

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