The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do about It / Edition 1

The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do about It / Edition 1

by Philip Longman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465050506

ISBN-13: 9780465050505

Pub. Date: 04/12/2004

Publisher: Basic Books


Overpopulation has long been a global concern. But between modern medicine and reduced fertility, world population may in fact be shrinking--and is almost certain to do so by the time today's children retire. The troubling implications for our economy and culture include:* The possibility of a fundamentalist revival due to the decline of secular fertility* The

Overview


Overpopulation has long been a global concern. But between modern medicine and reduced fertility, world population may in fact be shrinking--and is almost certain to do so by the time today's children retire. The troubling implications for our economy and culture include:* The possibility of a fundamentalist revival due to the decline of secular fertility* The threat to the free market as the supply of workers and consumers declines* The eventual collapse of the American health care system as inordinate expenses are incurred by an aging populationPhillip Longman's uncompromisingly sensible solutions fly in the face of traditional ideas. State intervention is necessary, he argues, to combat the effects of an aging population. We must provide incentives for young families, and we cannot close our eyes and hope for the best as an entire generation approaches retirement age.The Empty Cradle changes the terms of one of the most important environmental, economic, and social debates of our day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465050505
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/12/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1The Fundamentalist Moment1
2Coffins and Cradles7
3America's Vanishing Labor Supply15
4The New Human Environment29
5People Power37
6Fading Nations47
7The Cost of Children69
8The Cost of Aging89
9The Slowing Pace of Progress113
10Home Economics133
11Freedom and Fertility151
12Work and Family171
Notes197
Index227

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