Thursday, August 22, 2013

Value Walk: China Facing a Demographic Calamity

Value Walk examines demographic stress in the People's Republic of China.  Per the article, the Chinese total fertility rate is around 1.4, well below the needed 2.0 mark needed to maintain population stability.

The author of the Value Walk article maintains that, as the Chinese population develops an age structure that is more top-heavy (i.e. a larger elderly population), this will put great economic stress on the nation's retirement system, especially with relatively fewer workers entering the workforce.

The article is linked below.

Value Walk: China Facing a Demographic Calamity

"The Ministry of Education reported Aug. 21 that more than 13,600 primary schools closed nationwide in 2012. The ministry looked to China’s dramatically shifting demographic profile to explain the widespread closures, noting that between 2011 and 2012 the number of elementary-aged students fell from nearly 200 million to 145 million. It also confirmed that between 2002 and 2012, the number of students enrolled in primary schools dropped by nearly 20 percent."
---Value Walk

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