Yale University Press book: fertility rates are in decline worldwide

11 Jul

Counter-intuitive; most interesting.

Notice that ‘high fertility persists in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of the Middle East’.


I saw this article about a Yale University Press book on demographics, posted at Yale University’s web site.


It’s no surprise that the world’s population is at an all-time high – exceeding 7 billion – although many might not know that it increased by 5 billion during the past century alone, rising from less than 2 billion in 1914. And many people would be surprised – even shocked –  to know that over the past three decades, fertility rates have plummeted in many parts of the world, including China, Japan and even significant regions of India.

These Asian giants have not been alone. In much of Europe, North America, East Asia and elsewhere, the average number of children born to women during the course of their childbearing years has fallen to unprecedentedly low levels.

Our new book, The Global Spread of Fertility Decline: Population, Fear, and Uncertainty (Yale University Press…

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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “Yale University Press book: fertility rates are in decline worldwide

  1. Ras Al ghul

    July 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    fertility rates are impacted by one thing: how educated the women are. The more educated over all the less children they have, this is true all over the world. Iran and several other Islamic countries are actually in demographic trouble worse than the west because their fertility rates have fallen faster.

    Going from 8 children per couple to 4 in a generation, means way more old people versus young and that’s coming to them.

  2. Will S.

    July 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I suppose when that is considered, it isn’t all that counter-intuitive that we would see this be the case with Asia as it mimics the West. (And indeed, even some countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are pursuing modernization on their own terms, yet borrowing from the West indeed…)

  3. Sanne

    July 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    It’s not like Chinese or Indians are going to die out any time soon, what with more than one billion population and all that. Their declining fertility is the last thing that bothers me and that goes for the rest of the Third World countries. I think we should mind our own business and stop with carrying the White Man’s Burden.

  4. Will S.

    July 12, 2014 at 2:08 am

    I agree, Sanne; we should look out for our own first, certainly.


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