Researchers at the University of Washington warn that Earth is unprepared for an ongoing global population crash, which will have “jaw dropping” consequences. The researchers say the global fertility rate is headed toward a level of 1.7 — a significant decline compared to 4.7 in 1950. This population decline could affect almost every country on the planet. More than 20 countries are expected to lose half of their populations by 2100.
Socionomists note that social mood regulates birth rates as well as stock markets. Positively trending mood generates feelings of confidence, which fuels aggregate impulses to procreate. Urges to procreate decline when social mood is trending negatively, as it is in many parts of the world today. In 2020, the number of economies experiencing contractions in per-capita GDP will be the highest since 1870, according to the World Bank.
To learn more about social mood’s effect on birth rates, read “Stocks & Sex: Revisited“.
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