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Worldwide decline in fertility rates

Half of countries now have a fertility rate below the 2.1 level required to maintain their population


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Half of countries have insufficient children to maintain their population size.

Profound consequences for societies with "more grandparents than grandchildren".

Study followed trends in every country from 1950 to 2017.

Fertility rate has dropped from an average of 4.7 to 2.4 children per woman.

In the UK, the rate is 1.7, similar to most Western European countries.

China's rate 1.5 is and has moved away from its famous one child policy.

The study was published in The Lancet journal.

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Christopher Murray

Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

George Leeson

Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.

Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

Multi-disciplinary group with aim to undertake research into the implications of population change

The Lancet

Medical journal covering general medicine

University of Washington (UW)

Public research university in Seattle, Washington

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