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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

Baby Boom Times Two

Twins are in the news lately: A-listers Beyoncé and Jay Z just welcomed the two newest members of their family...
06/26/2017 — from Did You Know?

Toy "R" Us Experiences a Baby Business Bust

Toys “R” Us saw consolidated net sales fall by $113 million YOY to $2.2 billion in Q1 2017—thanks in large part to a bust in its baby business. Mainstream toy retailers face a harsh demographic reality: Millennials are waiting to start having kids, and the ones who are having kids opt for high-end products sold by specialty retailers.


06/16/2017 — from NewsWire

Immigration Will Fuel Population Growth

New projections indicate that immigration will be responsible for more than the entire increase in the working-age population from 2015 to 2035. As U.S. fertility continues to decline, working-age population replenishment will be increasingly dependent on a growing immigrant population.

Pew Research Center

04/07/2017 — from NewsWire

The Impact of Millennial Homebodies

The Economist grapples with the various reasons why Millennials are bringing about a decline in domestic migration. While they do list some major concerns such as financial constraints and delayed family formation, they miss an important point: Millennials are close to their parents and most don’t want to fly too far away from the nest.

The Economist

04/07/2017 — from NewsWire

Growing Polarization Driven by Age

New research shows that Americans are growing more politically polarized, with the biggest increases occurring among the 65+. While many blame the Internet for growing U.S. partisanship, this ignores the fact that its biggest users (Millennials) are a non-confrontational bunch.

National Bureau of Economic Research

03/24/2017 — from NewsWire