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The potential impact of falling fertility rates on the economy and culture

Lois M. Collins

Fertility rates are important for economic growth, cultural stability and more. The question is when they become problematic, and experts don't always agree on that.

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Much of the world — especially most developed countries — have fallen below the "replacement" fertility rate, but whether this is cause for celebration or concern is the subject of debate.
Fertility rates, whether high or low, impact economic growth, cultural stability and more. The question is at what stage of either decline or growth they become problematic — and experts don't always agree.
The total fertility rate — the number of babies women average over the course of their lives — can be expressed for local, state, regional, even global populations. America's total fertility rate is around 1.9 babies per woman ...

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