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Demography - Why does Japan have so few children?

Graham Watson

9th May 2022

Many developed economies are facing the demographic challenge of shrinking populations, none more so than Japan.

Demography - Why does Japan have so few children?

Japan now has the lowest number of children under 14 since 1950. This has massive implications for its labour market, its supply-side and its public finances. Labour shortages, the economic implications of LRAS shrinking and the cost of maintaining an ageing population could all slow growth in an economy which has already struggled to generate much in the way of growth in the last 30 years.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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