Economy

More Old Than Young: A Demographic Shock Sweeps the Globe

By 2030, 56 countries will have more people aged 65 and over than children under 15
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It’s known as the historic reversal, and it appears irreversible: Places where the old outnumber kids. 

What began in 1995 in a single country, Italy, will spread to 56 nations, economies as diverse as New Zealand and Georgia, by 2030. These are the findings of Joseph Chamie, who spent a quarter of a century studying population patterns at the United Nations in New York and now is an independent researcher.

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