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

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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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Remember the population bomb? Longman, with the New America Foundation, says that in fact human population is likely to decline, not from catastrophe but because people stop having babies. Women would be forced to bear children, he says, workers would be forced to work, and Fundamentalists of every stripe would draw new strength. His solution is not a return to old ways, but to restore the economic rewards of family life so that those who nurture the young will be compensated for their contribution to preserving the species.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A controversial argument that reduced fertility and global aging threaten world prosperity, jeopardize national economies, and will change our way of life for decades to come

Synopsis:

A controversial argument that reduced fertility and global aging threaten world prosperity, jeopardize national economies, and will change our way of life for decades to come

Synopsis:

The Empty Cradle changes the terms of one of the most important environmental, economic, and social debates of our day.

About the Author

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 and 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465050505
Subtitle:
How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What To Do About It
Author:
Longman, Phillip
Author:
Longman, Philip
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Population
Subject:
Fertility, human
Subject:
Demographic transition.
Subject:
Age Distribution.
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 7/2003
Publication Date:
20040414
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 16.1 oz

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