Hat tip to Tyler Cowen and Andrew Sullivan. Here’s the graph at the Washington Post. I agree that it’s a big deal (think demographic issues of Japan and Russia).
US Birthrate decline…
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GMU student here.
I dunno, Dr. Olds.
It's a foregone conclusion that children are a ton of work, for one. My boyfriend and I are part of the 'childfree' crowd.
The peak on both the graphs of US-born and foreign-born women seems to appear at about 2007; I don't think it's too much of a jump to think that probably coincides with the economic crisis that began around that time. People aren't going to be inclined to have children they can't feed.
In addition, the overall birth rate in graph 1 seems to be stabilized and not dropping. Immigration will undoubtedly make up for a lot of the birthrate. Eventually they'll probably change their birth rate to lower fertility too.
Personally, I think if the country is so concerned about people having children, it needs to listen to what the men and women who would be having them want.
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