Taiwan's Baby Bust

Dan Balaban @danbalaban

Dante Coffee - Taipei
No. 25, Section 3, Jinan Rd, Da’an District

Tue, Jul 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

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Taiwan’s fertility rate is at or near the bottom of the world rankings. Births last year in Taiwan sank to their lowest level in eight years and are expected to continue to drop. Experts have now revised their projection for when Taiwan’s population will start shrinking. Some now predict this will happen as early as 2021. This problem portends a demographic time bomb that will put increasing strains on Taiwan’s pension and health care systems, hurt economic growth and reduce tax revenues. Taiwan could become a super-aged society (like Japan already is) in 2026, and at least one expert predicts Taiwan will have the dubious distinction of being the “oldest” country in the world by 2060. Many would argue that these trends imperil Taiwan’s very future. So why are Taiwanese people having so few children? We’ll talk about the reasons for this situation in session I, which will begin a little after 7 p.m. In session II, at around 8: 30 p.m., we’ll discuss what you think Taiwan should do about it. Note: We'll be holding this meeting again with a group of 10-20 Taiwanese English speakers. If you would like a set of specific questions we'll be discussing, please let me know. See you there.