Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Economic, Social, and Environmental: The Other Population Crisis: What Governments Can Do about Falling Birth Rates

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Economic, Social, and Environmental: The Other Population Crisis: What Governments Can Do about Falling Birth Rates

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Economic, Social, and Environmental Richard N. Cooper The Other Population Crisis: What Governments Can Do About Falling Birth Rates BY STEVEN PHILIP KRAMER. Woodrow Wilson Center Press with Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, 192 pp. $29.95.

Many countries are going gray, as the average age of their citizens increases. Two quite different factors are driving the change: people are living longer, and they are having fewer babies. The potential fiscal strains arising from greater longevity have received a lot of attention; the implications of falling birthrates, much less. With this book, Kramer aims to correct the imbalance. He believes that falling birthrates pose a serious threat to a number of wealthy countries, not only to their economic well-being but also to their national security. …

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