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The Demographic Cliff

7:07 AM, Dec 20, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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This isn’t to say that countries shouldn’t try to reverse their fertility declines—they probably should. And in a world where money is no object, it probably wouldn’t hurt Japan (or any other industrialized country) to extend its state-sponsored daycare regime.

But when people hold up France and Sweden and national daycare as amulets against our demographic decline, they should understand that in all likelihood such programs have little more than token effects.

Our demographic problems are bigger—and go much, much deeper—than that.

(Did I mention that I’ve written an entire book about how big—and how deep!—they are? It’s called What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster. Pre-order your copy today!) 

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