Thursday, February 9, 2012

Birth rate plummets in Brazil

A good article by The Washington Post on Brazil's Fertility Decline (via Ricardo Ojima)

excerpt: "The country’s fertility rate has fallen from 6.15 children per woman in 1960 to less than 1.9 today. That is a lower rate than in any other Latin American country except Cuba, which has state-sponsored family planning and legalized abortion. It is also lower than the rate for the United States, which at 2 per woman is just enough for the population to replace itself."

When I was a kid, people used to joke saying that some poor families would have more children because they didn't have television at home. Apparently some take this argument fairly seriously !

Image Credit: The Washington Post

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