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Fewer tells a monumental human story, largely ignored, but which promises to starkly change the human condition in the years to come. Never before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places, so surprisingly. In Fewer, Ben Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred, and explains what it means for the future. The demographic plunge, he notes, is starkly apparent in the developed nations of Europe and Japan, which will lose about 150 million people in the next half century. Starting from higher levels, but moving with geometric speed, the demographic decline is also apparent in the less developed nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Only the United States (so far) has been exempt from the birth dearth, leaving America as more than the sole super-power. Perhaps it should be called the global omni-power. These stark demographic changes will affect commerce, the environment, public financing, and geo-politics. Here Wattenberg lists likely winners and losers. In Wattenberg's world of The New Demography readers get a look at a topic often chattered about, but rarely understood.

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"What starts off as a persuasive statistical analysis dwindles into demagoguery in Wattenberg's latest demographic exploration. Wattenberg (The Real America; The Birth Dearth), expanding on previous work, offers a detailed breakdown of trends toward global depopulation. The previous population projections, he considers, grossly overestimated peak population numbers, and even current U.N. projections, he says, tend toward the high side. The discrepancies are due to dramatically decreasing fertility rates throughout the world, he argues, making population growth rate much slower than anticipated. He predicts that after peaking in the next decades, the rate will drop sharply. Wattenberg's book examines these numbers, their causes and their ramifications. Keeping his statistics comprehensible to the demographic novice, he makes a strong case against environmentalist praise of depopulation and skillfully analyzes the economic and social situations that might occur if his predictions play out. However, as Wattenberg surveys the reasons behind declining fertility rates, his arguments take an assertive turn. Wattenberg bemoans abortion, women who put careers before children, homosexuality and co-habitation without marriage-all with little of the statistical analysis that bolsters his initial arguments. Wattenberg himself says, 'straightforward demographic numbers can engender mighty arguments,' but doesn't let his own numbers speak for themselves." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In developed and developing countries around the world, birth and fertility rates have begun to fall at an astonishing rate unprecedented in human history. In this text for policy makers and the general reader, Wattenberg explores the implications of a declining population for geopolitics, the environment, and the world economy. Wattenberg is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Never before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places, so surprisingly. In Fewer, Ben Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred, and explains what it means for the future. These stark demographic changes will affect commerce, the environment, public financing, and geo-politics. In Wattenberg's world of The New Demography readers get a look at a topic often chattered about, but rarely understood.

Synopsis:

"Fewer" tells a monumental human story, largely ignored, but which promises to starkly change the human condition in the years to come. Never before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places. Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred and explains what it means for the future.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566636063
Author:
Wattenberg, Ben J.
Publisher:
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Sociology - General
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
900x600

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What starts off as a persuasive statistical analysis dwindles into demagoguery in Wattenberg's latest demographic exploration. Wattenberg (The Real America; The Birth Dearth), expanding on previous work, offers a detailed breakdown of trends toward global depopulation. The previous population projections, he considers, grossly overestimated peak population numbers, and even current U.N. projections, he says, tend toward the high side. The discrepancies are due to dramatically decreasing fertility rates throughout the world, he argues, making population growth rate much slower than anticipated. He predicts that after peaking in the next decades, the rate will drop sharply. Wattenberg's book examines these numbers, their causes and their ramifications. Keeping his statistics comprehensible to the demographic novice, he makes a strong case against environmentalist praise of depopulation and skillfully analyzes the economic and social situations that might occur if his predictions play out. However, as Wattenberg surveys the reasons behind declining fertility rates, his arguments take an assertive turn. Wattenberg bemoans abortion, women who put careers before children, homosexuality and co-habitation without marriage-all with little of the statistical analysis that bolsters his initial arguments. Wattenberg himself says, 'straightforward demographic numbers can engender mighty arguments,' but doesn't let his own numbers speak for themselves." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Never before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places, so surprisingly. In Fewer, Ben Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred, and explains what it means for the future. These stark demographic changes will affect commerce, the environment, public financing, and geo-politics. In Wattenberg's world of The New Demography readers get a look at a topic often chattered about, but rarely understood.
"Synopsis" by , "Fewer" tells a monumental human story, largely ignored, but which promises to starkly change the human condition in the years to come. Never before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places. Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred and explains what it means for the future.
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