The Public Interest

Where have all the Children Gone?

Eric Cohen

Spring 2005

PROGRESSIVES have long worried that world population is rising too much and too fast, and that poor nations will never modernize if they continue to procreate without limits. But in reality, concerns about overpopulation are wholly misplaced, and the real danger ahead may result from "depopulation": a world of fewer babies, aging populations, and pension systems in crisis.

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