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How The Economic Changes Are Affecting Population Growth Rate?

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According to the earlier estimation the world population was expected to reach 8 billion by the year 2023, however some recent studies made by the university of Missouri show that the global fertility rates are reducing faster and there will not be the expected growth in the population. The changes in the economy are affecting the family size and it is slowing down the population growth according to the study. This study was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Mary Shenk, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri attributes this reduction in fertility rate to high educational attainment of people, increased employment opportunities the shifting of people away from agriculture and improved standard of living. It is expected that by understanding the cause of the reduced birth rate, it is possible to design new policies to influence better fertility. This will result in reduced competition for water, food land etc.