The Associated Press this week will publish a story that explores a little-known consequence of the 2008 financial crisis: A plunge in birth rates around the world as couples found themselves too short of money or too fearful about their finances to have children. Six years later, birth rates haven't bounced back — a potentially ominous development for the global economy.

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The AP

RECESSION-POPULATION — Five years after the deepest global recession since the 1930s sent birth rates plunging around the world, many couples are still not having children. That's good news if you're worried about an overcrowded planet. But it's bad for the economy. Much of global economic growth comes from more people joining the workforce each year — which means more people producing, earning and spending. Now that secret fuel of the economy, seldom missing or noticed, has run out. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. UPCOMING: 2,300 words by noon Wednesday. An abridged version of 850 words will also be sent. With AP Photos.


— AP Interactive: A data visualization that tracks the number of working-age people as a percentage of the population of developed nations.



A look at changes in the number of newborns by country from 2008 through 2012.


Facts about the drag on global economic growth caused by declining birth rates.

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