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Our current 'baby bust' will increase the damage when pension timebomb blows

Dan O'Brien


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Fertility rates here are higher than most northern European states, most of whom had milder recessions after 2008/09 and have less severe housing problems (stock photo)

Fertility rates here are higher than most northern European states, most of whom had milder recessions after 2008/09 and have less severe housing problems (stock photo)

Fertility rates here are higher than most northern European states, most of whom had milder recessions after 2008/09 and have less severe housing problems (stock photo)

How populations change gets a lot of attention. Deaths are one determinant. As the world holds its breath in anticipation of a global pandemic, let's hope that this matter doesn't need more in-depth consideration any time soon. For now, let's look at a usually happier topic: births, and why Ireland's birth rate is now at the lowest since records began in 1864.

Fertility is a central determinant in population change. It has moved up the agenda, as birth rates almost everywhere have fallen.


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