Though the world's population continues to grow, total fertility rates are dropping below replacement level in many parts of the world. The Baby Bust, a landmark book of essays by demographic, economic, and political science experts, examines the global 'birth dearth' and its causes, implications, and policy options. Focusing in large part on the United States, this book also includes data from Europe and Japan and makes important comparisons between the three regions. It concludes with suggestions for making America's future sound and prosperous, through the regularization and legalization of appropriate levels of immigration; enhancing governmental efforts to increase productivity; and finally, ending the present waste of so many underutilized members of the workforce, particularly minorities and the poor.
Fred R. Harris is professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 I The Global Baby Bust Chapter 4 Japan's Baby Bust: Causes, Implications, and Policy Responses Chapter 5 Low Fertility in Europe: Causes, Implications, and Policy Options Part 6 II The United States and the Baby Bust Chapter 7 The U.S. Baby Bust in Historical Perspective Chapter 8 Combating Child Poverty and Enhancing the Soundness of Social Security Chapter 9 Latino Immigrants, National Identity, and the National Interest Chapter 10 Ending America's Waste of Its Most Precious Resource-Its People