Opinion: The alternative, optimistic story of population decline
- January 30, 2023
- Wang Feng, sociologist, gives expert perspective in this piece for The New York Times
Wang Feng, UCI professor of sociology writes, “Shrinking populations are usually part of a natural, inevitable process, and rather than focus excessively on concerns like labor shortages and pension support, we need to look at the brighter spots for our world. … Compared with a half-century ago, people in many countries are richer, healthier and better educated and women are more empowered. China’s population, for example, is shrinking and aging, but its people are more educated and have a longer life expectancy than at any time in the country’s history.”
For the full story, please visit https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/30/opinion/china-world-population-decline.html.
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