Fertility worldwide dropped but some populations rose because, say experts, less educated had more children.

This article titled “Recession makes educated women in rich countries postpone having babies” was written by John Vidal, environment editor, for The Guardian on Thursday 30th June 2011 18.32 UTC

Highly educated young women in many rich countries have delayed having children because of the global recession, and may on average wait for a further five-to-eight years if governments slash public spending, say leading demographers.

A study for the European Union by the Vienna Institute of Demography shows a steep decline in fertility rates in the US and Spain in 2009-10, and stagnation in Ireland and most European countries.

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