Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Economist gets it wrong on South Korean fertility

In an otherwise informative report on South Korea's ageing population, Stephanie Studer of The Economist claims that "South Korea's fertility rate is now the lowest in the developed world at less than 1.3 children per woman". Yet the CIA World Factbook lists at least two developed countries with TFRs lower than South Korea: Taiwan at 1.11, and Singapore at 0.80. This marks the second error pertaining to international comparisons that I've spotted in The Economist

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