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Submitted by Faith on
Interestingly, the front page story of the Washington Post today (October 31, 2011) looks at the other side of this coin - the effect of falling birthrates in developed countries and the economic and social impact of an aging population. South Korea was one of the countries they referenced with a fertility rate of 1.2 children per woman which they say is dramatically lower than the replacement rate of 2.1 children. The question therefore is how the Bank will help developing countries to manage population growth in such a manner that it does not become a negative factor in social and economic development. As developed countries age, more of the population of developing countries will likely be "exported" to these developed countries, the risk being that often these are the brightest, most educated and skilled persons whom the developed countries have invested their resources to nurture, educate and train.