The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People

The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People

By SOMINI SENGUPTAMARCH 5, 2016

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Unemployed Indians handed in paperwork at a government employment office in 2012. Credit Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press

AT no point in recorded history has our world been so demographically lopsided, with old people concentrated in rich countries and the young in not-so-rich countries.

Much has been made of the challenges of aging societies. But it’s the youth bulge that stands to put greater pressure on the global economy, sow political unrest, spur mass migration and have profound consequences for everything from marriage to Internet access to the growth of cities. Read more.