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Author:Smaldone, Amy 

Economic Development and the Evolution of Mortality

Since 1960, the gap in GDP per capita between rich and poor countries has remained wide. Yet the gap in death rates has practically vanished during that period.
On the Economy

Why Do Women Outnumber Men in College Enrollment?

Women appear to have a relatively higher financial return to college education than men, who have access to lucrative careers that require only a high school diploma.
On the Economy

Are Developing Countries Facing a Possible Debt Crisis?

An analysis looks at whether developing countries are facing pressures similar to those in the 1980s, when higher interest rates helped trigger a wave of defaults in sovereign debt.
On the Economy

Women’s Evolving Careers Helped Shrink the Gender Pay Gap

The narrowing of the gender pay gap since the 1970s appears to be linked to women increasing their labor force attachment and shifting to higher-paying occupations.
On the Economy

The Pandemic’s Influence on U.S. Fertility Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have had a negative impact on fertility for U.S. women ages 30-34, though birth rates did increase among women ages 20-24.
On the Economy

The Evolution of the Racial Gap in U.S. Life Expectancy

White Americans live longer than Black Americans, but the gap has been narrowing. What has been driving that in recent decades?
On the Economy

What Has Been Driving World Population Growth?

The world’s population more than doubled from 1960 to 2021 despite the birth rate falling. Declining death rates in lower-income countries drove the growth.
On the Economy

Economic Development and the Evolution of Mortality

Since 1960, the gap in GDP per capita between rich and poor countries has remained wide. Yet the gap in death rates has practically vanished during that period.
On the Economy

The End of Rapid Population Growth

The world’s population had been doubling every 47 years to reach 8 billion today. But it is expected to peak at 10.5 billion before declining by century’s end.
On the Economy

Economic Development and the Evolution of Mortality

Since 1960, the gap in GDP per capita between rich and poor countries has remained wide. Yet the gap in death rates has practically vanished during that period.
On the Economy

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