According to a recent article in The Economist, the global fertility rate in half of the world will fall to 2.1 or below, meaning that population growth will be slowing down.  This demographic projection is usually met with fear about global ageing, demise of retirement systems, and negative economic projections.

But there is a positive side.   As the article explains, higher standards of living reduce fertility.  And lower fertility improves living standards and can help bolster a country’s economy.    And it makes it easier for women to work, boosting the size of the labour force.

After you read this article I’m sure you’ll have your own opinion.  Share your thoughts with us.