Posts tagged Regional
Australia: A ‘Baby Drought’ Down Under?

In 2015, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a headline that trumpeted the fact that Australia’s fertility rate had fallen to its lowest level in 10 years, resulting in a so-called ‘baby drought’. The national fertility rate of 1.8 children per women had dropped from 1.88 children in 2014, and even further from the 2.0 children per woman recorded from 2007 to 2010. That mini-peak was attributed in part to a boom in the mining industry.

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Egypt: Exploring fertility in a country of 100M

Does a public revolution lead to a private one? Population statistics suggest yes, at least in one country. In Egypt, exactly nine months after the February 2011 Arab Spring, birth rates increased dramatically. Egypt has long been known for its high population growth and fertility rates, and is on the verge of reaching a population of 100M, the highest in the Middle East by a wide margin.

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USA: Prescriptions and Fertility

A recent article from Consumer Reports began with this simple observation: “If you’re like most Americans, you probably start your day with a hot shower, a cup of coffee—and a handful of pills.”

The article went on to note that more than 50 percent of Americans at any given time are taking prescription medications. And not all of those pills prove as helpful as intended.

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Germany: The lowest birthrate in the world?

Germany, of all nations, has a birth-rate problem? And not the kind that implies overpopulation but one that, until very recently, placed the country at the bottom of the world’s birth-rate list of developed countries. One bright spot: A 2015 study quoted by BBC News indicated that Germany had surpassed Japan to get out of last place on that list. And, as of this writing, the CIA’s World Fact Book estimated Germany’s birth rate at 213th out of 226 countries.

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