from Armstrong Economics:
Since the late 1990s, the birth rate is relatively constant at 1.4 children per woman in Germany. according to the Federal Statistical Office . This is effectively the same trend among all developed nations. This eventually leads not only to the fact that the population is decreasing not only in Germany but in all developed nations Russia is offering bonuses to women having children. Japan is suffering in the same manner with its birth rate plunging to historic lows. The same trend is emerging in the USA as the birth rate hits also historic lows. Couples have to have two children just to maintain the status quo.
The birth tends to decline as a nation prospers for people do not need as many children to secure their own future. Even the Roman Emperor Augustus (27BC-14AD) introduced Family Laws requiring young men to get married for the same reasons. The peak in the Roman Empire is distinguished by the peak in population of Rome itself -180AD. This is the source of our immediate long-term economic decline as the fact that there are relatively fewer young people to support the elderly. This is clearly evident in the age pyramid.
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