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Declining Birthrates: Will the Trend Worsen Global Economic Woes?

Declining Birthrates: Will the Trend Worsen Global Economic Woes?

Declining birthrates: Will the trend worsen global economic woes?
Sonja Hackethal, a management consultant in Frankfurt, Germany, says a new-child cash bonus from the government influenced her decision to have more children; her twins are due in February. Germany is among many countries with birthrates far below the level needed to prevent population decline. Europe's principal problem — aging populations supported by shrinking proportions of young workers — also threatens the economies of Japan, China and, to a lesser extent, the United States.

Sonja Hackethal, a management consultant and mother of two from Frankfurt, is just the kind of university-educated woman the German government is counting on.

Almost half the women in Germany with university degrees remain childless (compared ...

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