The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and what to Do about it

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Basic Books, 2004 - Social Science - 240 pages
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Overpopulation has long been a global concern. But between modern medicine and reduced fertility, world population may in fact be shrinking--and is almost certain to do so by the time today's children retire. The troubling implications for our economy and culture include:* The possibility of a fundamentalist revival due to the decline of secular fertility* The threat to the free market as the supply of workers and consumers declines* The eventual collapse of the American health care system as inordinate expenses are incurred by an aging populationPhillip Longman's uncompromisingly sensible solutions fly in the face of traditional ideas. State intervention is necessary, he argues, to combat the effects of an aging population. We must provide incentives for young families, and we cannot close our eyes and hope for the best as an entire generation approaches retirement age.The Empty Cradle changes the terms of one of the most important environmental, economic, and social debates of our day.

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Review: The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It

User Review  - Ayame Sohma - Goodreads

Anyone with even a rudimentary grasp of exponential mathematical functions and common sense would understand that this "documentary" has but a miniscule basis in fact. Although economic growth has ... Read full review

Review: The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It

User Review  - Kristi - Goodreads

Longman is a secular, mostly liberal (but not knee-jerk) economist. He discusses why we don't have to worry about a population explosion but rather that declining birth rates (especially but not only ... Read full review

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Phillip Longman is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of numerous articles and books on demographics and public policy. Formerly a senior writer and editor at US News & World Report, he has written for such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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