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Is low fertility good?

Professor Sarah Harper and Dr George W Leeson discussed changing fertility rates and the impact of a change in age of national and global populations in a series of interviews with media over the past week.

The latest global estimates  published in a special issue of The Lancet, highlight a remarkable decline in fertility rates around the world, leading to some to call  for women to bear more children.  But is this misguided?  


George Leeson:


Sarah Harper: 


> The Lancet article:  Population and fertility by age and sex for 195 countries and territories, 1950–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017