Demographics

It’s an enigma that’s vexed demographers for 40 years. The answer turns out not to be natural disasters or pandemics, or even economics, but something deeper: a decline in religion.

July 28 2020 12:08AM

What a rational optimist writing in the 1980s thought the Jewish world could look like in the year 2200.

Max Singer
April 17 2020 12:02AM

Now home to the majority of the world’s Jews, Israel has responsibilities for the future of the Jewish people as a whole.

May 29 2018 12:01AM

The “Start-Up Nation” has become the Western world’s most “Jam-Packed Nation.” It needs to set a goal of zero population growth, and pursue it single-mindedly.

May 24 2018 12:01AM

What if its rising Jewish birthrate—a wholly welcome but recent development—goes into decline?

May 22 2018 12:01AM

Raising birthrates requires a commitment to values greater than individual self-interest.

May 14 2018 12:01AM

Birthrates are falling across the world, especially in developed nations—except in one. How did mainstream, middle-class Israelis start having children again, and what does it mean?

May 7 2018 12:01AM

Why do so many young, middle-class Iranians decline to reproduce? “When we go to bed,” says one, “we don’t even know what will happen when. . .

Thomas Erdbrink
June 9 2014 12:01AM