Nicholas Eberstadt


Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute.

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China’s Demographic Prospects to 2040: Opportunities, Constraints, Potential Policy Responses

by Nicholas Eberstadtvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, October 29, 2018

For any serious attempt to assess China’s future outlook, an examination of the country’s population prospects is not only advisable but absolutely indispensable. There are two reasons for this. First: of all areas of inquiry of interest to us at this gathering about China’s future, it is perhaps China’s demographic future that is *least* uncertain over the coming generation. The reason, quite simply, is that the overwhelming majority of the people who will be living in China in (say) the year 2040 are already alive, living there today. 

Fertility Decline in the Muslim World

by Nicholas Eberstadt, Apoorva Shahvia Policy Review
Friday, June 1, 2012

A demographic sea change goes largely unnoticed

The Mismeasure of Poverty

by Nicholas Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Tuesday, August 1, 2006

A more accurate index is long overdue

Growing Old the Hard Way: China, Russia, India

by Nicholas Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Saturday, April 1, 2006

Living longer but poorer

The Persistence of North Korea

by Nicholas Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Friday, October 1, 2004

What has been keeping Pyongyang afloat?

Power and Population in Asia

by Nicholas Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Sunday, February 1, 2004

Demographics and the strategic balance

THE POPULATION BOMB REDUX: Is Population Growth a Problem?

with Nicholas Eberstadt, Paul Ehrlichvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, November 12, 2002

In the past century the earth's human population has quadrupled, growing from 1.5 billion in 1900 to about 6 billion today. By 2050, it is estimated that the global population will reach 9 billion. In 1968, a young biologist named Paul Ehrlich wrote a best-selling book called The Population Bomb, which sparked an ongoing debate about the dangers of overpopulation. He argued that population growth was destroying the ecological systems necessary to sustain life. So just how worried should we be? Is population growth a problem or not? And if so, what should we do about it?

Russia: Too Sick to Matter?

by Nicholas Eberstadtvia Policy Review
Tuesday, June 1, 1999

Vodka and heart disease weaken the Russian bear