China's 3-child policy met with tepid public reception

There's skepticism about whether the policy change will actually address China's shrinking workforce and older population.
One reason? "The work of raising a child, like in many countries, falls disproportionately on women, and women in China have complained of being penalized at workplaces for being a mother," says Marketplace China correspondent Jennifer Pak.
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How serious is our declining population growth problem?

The implications of a shrinking population on our economic growth are potentially big, but Marketplace senior economic contributor Chris Farrell thinks there's some solutions to tap.
Embracing technology during the pandemic could help, says Chris Farrell.
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Slow U.S. population growth stiffens economic headwinds

Apr 27, 2021
Retirees are living longer, the working-age population is shrinking and birthrates are down in the U.S.
New census data suggests a looming labor shortage. Companies may respond by employing older workers or substituting technology for people.
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Will economic growth always rely on population growth?

Apr 1, 2021
In theory, the ingredients of economic growth are capital and investment. In practice, not so much.
In theory, the economy can continue to grow with a stable population. In practice, not so much.
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on affordable housing and job creation

Nov 13, 2019
The city is working closely with big business.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
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The fastest—and slowest—growing counties in the U.S.

Apr 19, 2019
Counties in Texas, North Dakota and Florida are experiencing a high rate of population growth.
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Shanghai caps population to combat "big city diseases"

Jan 17, 2018
China's Cabinet has decreed that the city's population should be 25 million — barely more than it is today.
Two out of five residents in Shanghai are migrants, who mainly take up the jobs others don't want. The government is trying to stop migrants from poorer regions from flooding megacities.
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Why population growth isn't always an economic boon

May 22, 2014
New census says seven of the 15 fastest growing communities in the U.S. are in Texas.