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Global prosperity mitigates population growth

The number of people inhabiting our planet has more than doubled in the past century. Many consider this an unsustainable trend, and fear the consequences of population growth continuing over the coming decades.

But what can we do to mitigate this trend? Some argue that investing in adequate healthcare, education and nourishment in low-income countries fuels population growth, and that we should therefore refrain from doing so. In this report, we provide evidence that the contrary is true. What does it mean when we say that we should stop the population from growing further? The population grows when each person gets more then 1 child on average, so every women should get around 2 children to have a stable population size.

We show that while we have indeed experienced steep population growth, this growth is mostly limited to specific regions and is expected to reduce over the coming years. In these regions that are still growing, number of children per woman is still far above 2. These regions typically score low on most characteristics of well-being, such as health, income and education. Regions with a low number of children per woman, score high on well-being.

In most of the regions where well-being is high, population growth only occurs due to the aging population, caused by a higher life expectancy. This effect is certain to fade out with time as long as the number of children remains stable.

This report shows what needs to be done to stop the population from growing beyond limits: making general well-being the new reality for everyone as soon as possible.

This report is based on data from:

  • World Bank Open Data; the division of countries into regions is also based on the World Bank.
  • United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2019). World Population Prospects 2019, Online Edition. Rev. 1.