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Fertility Drops in Global Recession
The global economic recession has curbed the general rise in fertility seen in many developed countries over recent decades, with some nations experiencing a significant decline in birthrates since the downturn of 2008, a study has found. Scientists said the recession has brought to an end the first concerted rise in fertility rates across the industrialised world since the 1960s. The study, carried out in collaboration with the International Institute for Applied Systems and published in the journal Population and Development Review, found that fertility rates in 26 of the 27 EU countries were steadily rising until 2008, when they began to either decline or remain stable in 17 nations.