As suggested by the monikers Baby Bust
Generation and Forgotten Generation, Gen X appears to be less distinct than both its predecessor and its successor--and its members are aware of that.
On the third hand, members of the small "baby bust
" generation, sometimes known as Generation X, are now rising into positions of real responsibility, after years of being overshadowed by the boomers.
Catherine Rampell's May 6 column ("Financial insecurity most likely reason for latest baby bust
") bemoaned the fact that fewer Americans are having babies, and said we need babies who will grow up and support the economy when we get older.
(The others were the 1810s and the 1930s, the latter of which had the good excuse of having a Baby Bust
instead of a Boom.) Is America telling those born in the 1950s that for judgment and maturity it's still a safer bet to rely on our older siblings, even as we're now preparing to sign up for Medicarei But also that when boldness and vigor are called for, they want to see real athletes on the field, not a sad, embarrassing Old Timers' Game?
THE BABY BUST
is going to hurt your business in many categories.
If there is a middle way between the baby boom and baby bust
, it's provided by Indonesia, which has seen a gradual fall in fertility, now around the long-term stabilization level.
Meanwhile, the next generation--Generation X--was a baby bust
Because of this "baby bust
," the competition is heating up for the brighter people.
A "baby bust
" since 1973-though interrupted by a "baby blip" in the late 1980s--sees New Zealand with sustained below-replacement fertility levels.
Although common to all parts of Canada, this passage from baby boom to baby bust
was more pronounced in Quebec.
The pool of people behind them, the baby bust
generation, is much smaller.
Singapore's "total fertility rate," a crude prediction of how many children a woman will bear in her lifetime if current patterns persist, is among the lowest in the world at 1.07, but the baby bust
is not a future the island faces alone.