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The Baby Bust and the Global Economy


Growth has been slowing around the developed world — not just in recent months but for decades. One potential reason is that women are having fewer babies. On this week’s Stephanomics, reporter Jeannette Neumann visits a region in Spain with the lowest fertility rate in Europe to find out why this is happening and what it means for the global economy. Host Stephanie Flanders also talks with Darrell Bricker, co-author of the book “Empty Planet,” about his theory that the global population will begin to decline.

One way to prop up the birthrate could be to offer employees a better work-life balance. Recent U.S. data showed that people who work at home aren’t just growing in number but also, on average, earn more than those who commute. Bloomberg Opinion columnist Justin Fox joins Flanders to consider the implications of this striking fact.

Running time 30:10

11 Comments on "The Baby Bust and the Global Economy"

  1. makati1 on Sun, 13th Oct 2019 8:58 pm 

    I don’t waste time watching propaganda or advertisement vids.

    The Baby bust only exists in Western countries and their wannabees. That leaves about 6,000,000,000 breeders in the rest of the world. The total numbers may slow, but still increase, although consumption will drop because of income disparity.

  2. DerHundistLos on Sun, 13th Oct 2019 11:46 pm 


  3. Jose Alves on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 6:49 pm 

    “Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.” – Kenneth Boulding

  4. Cloggie on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 11:36 pm 

    Racial bolshi center NYC has now a law that forbids to call an illegal an illegal:

    Der Spiegel applauds the measure but fears that this will further increase the gap between NY and the conservative states.

    For me, a card-carrying NY-hater, there can never be enough third worlders in that city, to ensure that the self-styled “capital of the world” finally sinks away into third world oblivion.

  5. Cloggie on Mon, 14th Oct 2019 11:39 pm 

    Yesterday, France-Turkey soccer match. Turks bring military salut to support invasion Syria.

  6. JuanP on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 9:11 am 

    Baby bust? The human population grows by a million every less than four days! Baby busting should become a global sport. We need free sex clubs and guaranteed pensions for sterilized people. What we need is less babies, not more, but it takes some knowledge, intelligence, and common sense to get that, and most people lack one or another. Next stop: Idiocracy! We have arrived! I am so happy that I sterilized myself. I wouldn’t want no child of mine to live through what is coming, but, if you are OK with that, then breed as much as you like. It doesn’t make any difference anyway: there is absolutely no hope of a good future for humanity so it doesn’t matter to me how many biological offspring others produce. I consider more than 99% of you hopeless. This “woke” thing is the latest symptom of collective hysteria.

  7. Cloggie on Tue, 15th Oct 2019 2:21 pm 

    “ PIERS MORGAN: Congratulations, Mr President – the real winners from your dumb and dangerous betrayal of the heroic Kurds are Iran, Russia and ISIS!”

    Haha, and Morgan forgets to mention Assad as yet another winner. Poor Anglos, the Syrian carnage was their work and it was all in vain. Yet another huge loss of prestige.

  8. Kenz300 on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 6:11 pm 

    The worlds population is still increasing and is projected to continue to grow for decades.

    The people having the most children are the one least able to provide for them condemning them to a life of poverty and despair.

  9. Jose Makron on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 10:04 pm 

    Stop foreign aid to Africa. Let China colonize the whole thing.

  10. makati1 on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 10:30 pm 

    Jose, you are aware that there are a lot of unused resources in Africa that the Russians and the Chinese want to control? Not to mention a growing consumer base there.

    “Natural resources of Africa. Africa has a large quantity of natural resources, including diamonds, sugar, salt, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, silver, petroleum and cocoa beans, but also woods and tropical fruits etc.” WIKI

    The US has an African Central command to try to do the same thing but failing. The Amerikans are so afraid of the Africans that their HQ for same is in Germany. lol

    “The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM, U.S. AFRICOM, and AFRICOM),[4] is one of the eleven unified combatant commands of the United States Armed Forces, headquartered at Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany.” WIKI

    The East is taking over. The West is history.

  11. supremacist muzzies jerk on Fri, 18th Oct 2019 10:37 pm 

    I was brainwashed to think Milosevic was a bad guy
    But muzzies bosniaks beheaded and massacred bunch of Serbs and they had to fight back
    Supertard won Nobel prize in literature said milo was saint
    H/t supertard Fitzgerald

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