Feminism meets pensionism in Scotland
Posted by aogSunday, 18 January 2004 at 12:41 TrackBack Ping URL

The Brothers Judd have noted a report on declining population in Scotland. It’s interesting that we’re starting to see Europeans say things like

We are coming dangerously close, dangerously fast, towards a situation where the whole of the Scottish economy may shudder to a halt because of depopulation.

I thought that was just American alarmism!

The problem is probably even worse than described here because other countries allow immigration. The worse the situation for the younger generation, the more impetus for the capable young to emigrate, leading to a nasty spiral. One notes that there’s no suggestion of modifying the government and pension structures to change the incentives for the next generation to stay and be productive, only how to use propaganda to get them to have more babies. It’s a perfect analogy to the standard response to a government budget crisis - more income, never less spending.