In many developed countries—Japan, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Germany, Canada, and the United States among them—fertility rates are below replacement rate. It’s far from cause for alarm despite claims by “birth dearthers” that we face social and economic catastrophe due to lower birth rates. With global population still growing at a rate of 1.1 percent, the world continues to add some 80 million people a year.
Offering insights and guidance from prominent academics and journalists, The Good Crisis: How Population Stabilization Can Foster a Healthy U.S. Economy (Population Connection; 2016) takes on one of today’s most pressing challenges: keeping our aging population healthy, productive, and prepared for today’s technologically-focused jobs. At the same time, today’s youth must be prepared for productive futures through education, skills training, and delayed parenthood.
Dispelling anxieties about the impact of slowing population growth on Social Security, commerce, and society, this collection of essays presents innovative and practical solutions to issues from labor shortages to fossil fuel dependence. Backed by extensive research and real-world examples, The Good Crisis presents a path to a more productive, sustainable world.
Edited by John Seager
Robert D. Plotnick
David E. Bloom
Jay W. Lorsch
Matt L. Huffman
Listen to John discussing The Good Crisis
Go Green Radio Podcast: “The Good Crisis”
Nevada Public Radio KNPR: “Gray New World”
Jay Talking, CBS Boston: “Is it Getting Crowded in Here?”
Simple Living Works! Podcast: “Population Connection, Part 1”
Jefferson Public Radio JPR: “Zero Population Growth by Another Name”
American’s Workforce Radio: 6/27/2016