America sees the shrink

Fertility rates in the US are falling as people go off the idea of big families. Alan Philps looks at two books on this demographic changeJonathan V. Last What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster (Encounter Books £15.99)Laura L. Carstensen A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity (Public Affairs £10.99)

The World Today Updated 2 October 2020 Published 3 April 2013 3 minute READ

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