“The challenge for our (ripe old) age” USA Today, 03/15/2012. This year, the proportion of the population of Americans older than 65 — 13% — is greater than ever and growing faster than ever. While the group of older Americans swells, the social safety nets that help older people grow weaker. Pensions, Social Security, Medicaid for long-term care, private savings, and home values are all rocky.
“The Fertility Implosion” The New York Times, 03/12/2012. Many nations around the world are facing demographic headwinds. If the 20th century was the century of the population explosion, the 21st century is looking like the century of the fertility implosion.
“Global Aging” Forum with Michael Krasny, 11/08/2010. Adele Hayutin, director of the Center’s Global Aging Program, discusses the impact of an aging population on a panel with Ted Fishman, author of Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World’s Population and Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Listen to the webcast.
“As Nations Age, a Chance for Younger Nations” The New York Times, 10/17/2010. The world is quickly becoming older, which means profound change in nearly every important relationship – family members, neighbors, citizens and the world.
“Looking Forward from the Census” San Jose Mercury News, 4/19/2010. Many think the U.S. is in trouble because of aging baby boomers. Actually, says Center on Longevity economist Adele Hayutin, the country is better off than other large economies, but needs to be prepared to make the most of the opportunity.
“South Koreans Told to Make Babies” BBC News, 1/27/2010. South Korean government workers are being presented with an unusual suggestion – go home and multiply.
“In Germany, a Tradition Falls, and Women Rise” New York Times, 1/18/2010.
“In Reversal, Highly Developed Nations See Rise in Fertility” Washington Post, 8/10/2009. Provides background on the Nature article and discusses its policy implications.
“Aging Nations” New York Times, 8/7/2009. Phillip Bowring discusses the low fertility rates in Shanghai, and throughout urban China that are leading to relaxation of the one child policy and have created an “economic time bomb.”
“Advances in Development Reverse Fertility Declines” Nature, 8/6/2009. Researchers suggest that fertility may increase as countries become highly developed.
“Demography: Babies Make a Comeback” Nature, 8/6/2009. Professor Shripad Tuljapurkar discusses the policy implications of these findings and suggests areas for future research.
“A Slow Burning Fuse” Economist, 6/25/2009. A special report on Aging focused on the conundrum of low birthrates, and the challenges of marketing to older consumers.
“Education vs. Extremism: More than half of Arabs are under 25 years old.”The Wall Street Journal, 6/3/2009. Sheikh Mohammed of the United Arab Emirates on the need for education and employment in the Arab world, especially for women.
“Resolving the Coming Demographic Disaster.” Los Angeles Times, 5/17/2009. Michelle Goldberg argues that giving women more control over their fertility and their lives will provide the answer to very low and very high birthrates, both of which threaten social stability.
“The Red Ink of a Greyer Future.” Financial Times, 3/24/2009. The link between the current economic crisis and the need for long-term structural economic reform because of aging populations; includes a slide show of graphics.
“Dependency Time Bomb.” The Guardian, George Magnus on the need for a coherent strategy to address the rapidly aging population.
“Think Long to Solve the Crisis” The Wall Street Journal, 1/30/2009. George Shultz on the recent failures to think long term, and the need to consider long term economic prospects to get the most from current stimulus efforts.
“The World Won’t Be Aging Gracefully. Just the Opposite.” Washington Post,1/4/2009. Richard Jackson and Neil Howe on the security implications of population aging.
“Can the G20 do Big Outcomes?” Reuters: The Great Debate,11/14/2008. George Magnus discusses the G20 as a forum for addressing demographic change.
“Rising Ambitions, Sinking Population.” New York Times,10/25/2008. Nicholas Eberstadt on Russia’s demographic profile and its geo-political ramifications.
“The Candor Gap.” Newsweek,7/9/2008. Robert Samuelson on the lack of discussion about America’s population transformation.