Clueless Git wrote:David N. Snyder wrote:Many developed countries, such as those in Western Europe and Japan are having an annual decrease in population due to so many people not having children.
Does anyone think that is because both wealth and low birth rates AND poverty and high birth rates are linked?
Yes, probably so. Unfortunately, many of those in poverty cannot afford birth control, even though raising a child is very expensive. Even in many Third World nations children are not much of an asset anymore as people are moving to the cities en masse.
But for some rural, subsistence farming areas, children are still an asset, working in the fields.