How Demographic Changes Make Us More Vulnerable to Pandemics Like the Coronavirus
The world is better equipped to fight a pandemic today than it was in 1918, when influenza swept the globe and infected up to one-third of the world’s population.1 While science and medical advances have given us new advantages in fighting disease, some demographic trends since 1918 may increase the…
Why Is the U.S. Birth Rate Declining?
American women averaged more than seven children each until the early decades of the 19th century. After 1900, average fertility declined gradually, interrupted only by the baby boom following World War II. Another drop in the total fertility rate (TFR) came in the 1970s, due in large part to delaye…
The U.S. Recession and the Birth Rate
Speculation has been rife in the media on the possible effect of the current recession on the U.S. birth rate. The U.S. birth rate has exhibited some remarkable swings over the past 80 years, but will it decline in response to this current stark economic reality?
Supporting National Advocacy Efforts to Amplify Understanding of the Multisectoral Benefits of Age Structure Change Among Local Decisionmakers
In Ghana and Uganda, young people dominate the population age structure—or the share of the population in each age group—with almost 38% of Ghanaians and almost half of Ugandans below age 15. Both countries can shift this high child dependency by empowering women to achieve their reproductive goa…
Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth
An ENGAGE™ multimedia presentation that describes the necessary investments in young people’s health, education, employment opportunities, and participation in governance that can create a window of opportunity for accelerated economic development.