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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.
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.
After decreasing in 2015, U.S. life expectancy at birth fell to 78.6 years in 2016—marking the first two-year decline in half a century. A major contributor is the ongoing opioid epidemic: The total number of opioid deaths soared 28% YOY in 2016.
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.
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.
A joint research report contends that declining U.S. fertility makes children today more important than ever. The report’s authors make a key point that often goes unmentioned in policy circles: Legislators must prioritize the needs of today’s young, who will be leaned upon in the coming decades to finance the aging of Boomers.
Preliminary data indicate that the U.S. general fertility rate declined to 61.0 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in Q2 2017, an all-time low. This figure is yet more evidence that 2014’s fertility increase was a mere head fake.
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.
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 U.S. labor force participation rate ticked up slightly YOY in Q1 2017—despite 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.