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Old 03-02-2012, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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From Doug Sanders in the Toronto Globe & Mail:

The world is on the threshold of what might be called "Peak People". The world's supply of working-age people will soon be shrinking, causing a shift from surplus to scarcity. Peak people will be an age when jobs compete for workers rather than vice versa. The cheapest labor will vanish. Stuff from China will stop being cheap, because the Chinese aren't young. Peak people will also be an age when countries will be competing for immigrants, rather than trying to limit them. It will require nimble and clever policies to prevent us from becoming old and lonely.

What's your take on this?

Governments, Corporations will prevent this potential disaster from happening and give incentives for having more babies? Some countries will cash in on this, have lots of babies, and export them to the needier countries looking for the remittances sent back to their countries?
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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I think if we can tighten up welfare programs in the US, we will have a supply of workers. Seriously, the welfare checks come out and you go out to shop and they are there with their 3 or 4 kids. Now, these are generational welfare recipients so it will take some work to motivate them but we have plenty of people able but unwilling to work and they have procreated to the point that we have an upcoming supply!

Many people have chose to have fewer or no children because of the expense and the shape of the economy. I think if the economy improved and jobs paid enough to support a larger family, people would get on board with that. Fewer people to work should drive the wages up.
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