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Population Implosion: Coping With The Unknown

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The notion of population implosion refers to rapid demographic decline in the absence of any of the traditional checks on population growth; that is, large-scale violence, pestilence or insufficient food supply, or other negative external forces; or, to put it even more cautiously, without any exogenous forces that we know. Yet while until recently very few countries had a proactive population policy, it is now widely agreed that ageing and population decline in the developed world call for policy interventions. A number of the statistics that make such interventions desirable are presented in detail. The chapter reviews three policy areas in which measures have been undertaken in European and Asian countries to meet the challenges of the population developments described: child benefits, maternity leave, and immigration. Effective strategies to address the risks of population implosion are therefore in high demand.

Keywords: Asian countries; European countries; population development; population implosion; proactive population policy



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