Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Recession and Fertility

As you may noticed I haven't had a child since 08', I've been following the trend that economically. I worry. Over at Dick Howe's site, I made a comment in concerns to the points missed in how women choose their family/career paths. With better economic choices, we don't fear child birth. We only fear child birth in the wake of a poor economic climate. In a healthy climate there is little worry of your family planning choices, because you can afford it on your own.

Without much coercion or need for free contraception, the fertilty rate has dipped on its own. Fertility Rate Reaches 25-Year Low (New Report from Demographic Intelligence)

The long arm of the Great Recession continues to weigh heavily on American families, and will drive the U.S. fertility rate to a 25-year low in 2012. The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) in the U.S. is predicted to fall to 1.89 children per woman in 2012, from a recent high of 2.12 per children per woman in 2007, according to a new report from Demographic Intelligence. This trend is unexpected because fertility rates usually rise within a year or two of the end of a recession, according to the April edition of The U.S. Fertility ForecastTM from Demographic Intelligence (DI). “The fertility fallout of the Great Recession will prove longer and deeper than many expected,” said Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D., president of DI. “Young adults are gun shy about having kids today, in large part because unemployment and economic fear remain unusually high among this demographic.”


  1. I think this economic impact is important, as is the education impact.  A lot of women (and men) are making decisions and executing them without additional Government action.

    Regards  —  Cliff

  2. The efforts of the rich and first world nations to reduce the populations of 'the poor' has been taken a turn of absurdity.

    Melinda Gates is a practicing Catholic, because her great aunt and uncle were a nun and a priest respectively, as she advocates the rich must help the poor not reproduce.

    Does Melinda even "work"?