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Education Could Mean a World Population Plateau by 2100

28 OCT 2014
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Education Could Mean a World Population Plateau by 2100

The United Nations has their own population division whose job it is to predict population trends. Not long ago, the UN released a projected world population for 2100, and that number was a surprising 10.9 billion. Considering the world population is just over 7 billion, this is a huge leap in just 90 years. The UN predicts that much of this growth will be in Africa—the continent with the highest birth rates in the world.

We’ve known for a long time that the more educated the female population of a country is, the fewer children they will have. Being less dependent on another human (such as a husband) is a direct result of education, as is not feeling the need to create a dependant (to care for you when you get old).

An Austrian analysis group, International Institute for Applied System Analysis, believes differently. The group has predicted that the world population will actually begin to decline by 2060, and eventually plateau by 2100. By this time, it is predicted that elderly diseases would theoretically replace traditional killers like malaria and AIDS. China already has a very low birth rate (0.6 children per woman) due to the single-child policy imposed on their country in 1979. Niger in comparison has a birth rate of 7.6 children per women.

What population theory do you think best represents what the world will look like in 2100?