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Americans Get It On for the Holidays

A new broad-scale study finds a correlation between major family-oriented religious holidays (like Christmas in the United States) and higher interest in sex. Cultural factors have long been known to play a part in the timing of fertility-rate fluctuations worldwide—a relationship that, until now, has been difficult to quantify.

Scientific Reports

01/17/2018 — from NewsWire

Russia's Demographics Are Anomalous

Data from Russia’s statistics agency indicate that there were over 100,000 more deaths than births in the country during the first 10 months of 2017. These data are indicative of a historical anomaly: a falling absolute number of births (due to unfavorable demographics) combined with rising fertility rates.


01/17/2018 — from NewsWire

Europe's Muslim Population Projected to Rise

New research shows that, even in a “zero-migration” scenario, Europe’s Muslim population is projected to rise from 4.9% of the total population today to 7.4% by 2050. This expected growth is due to the younger age and higher fertility of Muslims already in Europe, as well as the impending decline of the non-Muslim population.

Pew Research Center

12/18/2017 — from NewsWire

The Workforce Has Changed Since The Recession

A new report recounts how the U.S. workforce has changed since the onset of the Great Recession. Important changes that we’ve seen since 2007 include the graying of the workforce, the economy-wide shift toward services, and the persistent plunge in labor force participation.

Pew Research Center

12/11/2017 — from NewsWire

Toys 'R' Us Files for Bankruptcy

On Tuesday, Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy—prompting toy companies like Mattel and Hasbro to redirect business to big-box stores and online retailers. While this may stop the bleeding for now, toy companies face demographic headwinds (falling birthrates) that threaten the long-term health of the industry.

The Wall Street Journal

09/22/2017 — from NewsWire

Pace of College Tuition Rates Slows

College tuition has risen just 1.9% so far this year (roughly in line with inflation), the slowest pace in decades. With a smaller pool of potential enrollees thanks to declining birthrates and a steadily improving job market, higher ed appears to finally be running into demand constraints.

The Wall Street Journal

08/04/2017 — from NewsWire

Labor Force Participation Rate Ticks Up

The U.S. labor force participation rate ticked up slightly YOY in Q1 2017despite the downward drag posed by a slower-growing working-age population. The single largest contributor to higher LFP was fewer consumers staying home for family responsibilities, a trend rooted in a declining U.S. birthrate.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

07/21/2017 — from NewsWire