baby boom

baby boom
   The term refers to the sharp increase in the rate of births in Europe and the US after 1945, when soldiers returned from the war. The boom continued almost uninterrupted to 1964, followed by a slump (or baby bust) in the mid-1960s. It is estimated that in 2030 there will be fewer than half as many children under five as there were in 1961 (3.5 million). The boomslump cycle has led to a shift in the average age of the UK population, such that one person in three will be 60 or over in the year 2025. Economically, this has contributed to fears of a declining workforce, earners’ ability to sustain pensions payments and surplus consumer goods. Meanwhile, baby boomers are currently responsible for running the country (for example, Tony Blair and William Hague) and producing its cultural output (hence the recycling in the 1990s of the fashions, celebrities and music of the 1960s and then the 1970s).
   See also: childbirth; family planning
   PETER CHILDS

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