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The Global Spread of Fertility Decline: Population, Fear, and Uncertainty

Jay Winter and Michael Teitelbaum


The world's population has grown by five billion people over the past century, an astounding 300 percent increase. Yet it is actually the decline in family size and population growth that is the issue attracting greatest concern in many countries. This book looks at demographic trends in Europe, North America, and Asia—areas that now have low fertility rates—and argues that there is an essential yet often neglected political dimension to a full assessment of these trends. Political decisions that promote or discourage marriage and childbearing, facilitate or discourage contraception and aborti ... More

Keywords: population, family size, population growth, demographic trends, fertility rates, marriage, childbearing, contraception, abortion, immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300139068
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300139068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay Winter, author

Michael Teitelbaum, author