Friday, August 5, 2011

Recession has an adverse effect on the fertility rate!

The present economic recession has brought about several undesirable results such as increased unemployment, curb in expenditure, crashed real estate market and many more. There has been a sharp reduction in the fertility levels in different countries around the globe from the year 2008.

Due to scarcity and uncertainty of employment womenfolks in the developed countries like the USA, Spain and Latvia started worrying about their financial status. They fear they may not have sufficient funds / resources to raise kids.

Under these circumstances the modern professional woman tends to postpone child birth by avoiding pregnancy. The lack of willingness to have children depends on different factors like age, gender, educational qualification, annual income, number of dependents, etc. In fact women who are highly educated think several times whether to get married and beget children. This has resulted in a dramatic fall in fertility rate worldwide especially in the developed countries.

The fertility rate started increasing gradually from the year 1960 in the developed / industrialized parts of the world. The recession in the past were short lived and their impact on birthrate was not significant. However the current recession which is fairly long lasting has a very adverse effect on the fertility rate of the entire world. Is there an immediate solution to this problem?

1 comment:

  1. We are still on a downward spiral in terms of the economy. We've not hit bottom and I'm hoping it isn't going to be several more years before things get better.

    This is an interesting trend indeed.

    Have a terrific day and weekend. :)