Blog author: kschmiesing
by on Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I mentioned South Korea in a commentary on population a few months ago. New data show that the erstwhile East Asian tiger is now the world’s leader in population contraction. Its fertility rate is 1.08, less than half the replacement rate of 2.1. In other words, if that rate persists, South Korea will halve its population with each generation.

As is usual, aggressive government action played a role in the problem. The nation established its population control policy in 1961. Among other things, it favored government employees with two or fewer children and gave housing preferences to small families. Reacting lethargically to a trend already long in evidence, it ended its advocacy of fertility decline in 1996. Now, in an equally tardy move, the government has decided to promote population increase. In what must be an unprecedented occurrence—one that may be among the more startling signs of the times—the Planned Parenthood affiliate in South Korea is cooperating with the government in its effort to raise the birthrate.

HT: Joseph D’Agostino of PRI.

Cross-posted on Friends of CE.


  • T. Q. Milne

    What a fine example of what a fine job any fine government does when it meddles outside the proper sphere of government. When a government interferes with normal human life, normal family relations)and faddish bugaboos like “The Environment”, “Population Control” (family control, conjugal control, birth control, sexual relations control), or “hate”, whatever it touches will turn to mud, it will have to back-pedal, and will be just as self-righteous, know-it-all and arrogant with each and every switch. “What, us apologize? We’re the government!”