A growing socioeconomic divide between parents
Shannon Buckley | 23 Jun 2012
A New York Times blogger raises interesting questions this week about the effect on us all of the growing socioeconomic divide between parents. That is, more and more educated, well off woman will just be becoming mothers as their less well off, less educated peers are becoming grandmothers.
A rise in ‘fertility tourism’
Shannon Buckley | 14 Jun 2012
More and more women desperate to have babies in New Zealand are going overseas to find egg donors because they cannot get them in New Zealand. It seems that the main reason overseas ‘egg markets’ are more lucrative is because women are allowed to be paid for their eggs.
The "biggest best story in development"
Shannon Buckley | 27 May 2012
This month The Economist reports that Africa is currently experiencing significant falls in child mortality rates across the continent. Fantastic demographic news. In fact Michael Clemens of the Centre for Global Development names it “the biggest, best story in development”.
A New American Dream?
Shannon Buckley | 18 May 2012
The United States is arguably still the world’s greatest super power. Yet, just who makes up that superpower is changing. White people, excluding Latinos, are expected to see their influence and numbers diminish from a 70% share of the population today to a bare majority by 2050.
Parents no longer destined for depression
Shannon Buckley | 13 May 2012
Two new studies presented at the Population Association of America’s annual meeting have found that parents are happier than their childless counterparts, making previous research to the contrary questionable. Could the immeasurable love you feel for your children outweigh the sleepless nights, endless washing and nights in after all?
New Zealand's new birth control plan for female beneficiaries labelled "intrusive"
Shannon Buckley | 8 May 2012
The New Zealand government hopes to reduce beneficiaries by offering those on benefits and their children free long acting contraception such as long term contraceptive injections, implants and intra-uterine devices. Many consider this is tantamount to the government getting involved in women’s reproductive rights and worry that women will be bullied into short term sterilisation. It certainly sends a strong message that New Zealand doesn’t want people on benefits having children.
More Educated Women opting to have Families
Shannon Buckley | 5 May 2012
For the first time a recent study has found that a greater number of highly educated women in their late 30’s and 40’s in the United States are deciding to have children, something that Newswise describes as ‘a dramatic turnaround from recent history’ in an interesting article based on a new study by Ohio University (reported here in the Journal of Population Economics). In fact, fertility increased at almost all ages since the late 1990s or 2000 across all groups of women studied.
China set to fall behind in the economic race
Shannon Buckley | 25 Apr 2012
Many are predicting that China’s economy is set to take over the world. According to the IMF China will overtake America as the world’s largest economy in 2017. However, before we start looking to China as the next world superpower, the country’s dire demographic outlook needs to be taken account of. It will almost certainly hold the country back. Yet, despite this, unnatural government restrictions on childbirth persist.
God not dead among young people
Shannon Buckley | 13 Apr 2012
The Press reported recently that perhaps God is not so dead among young people in New Zealand after all. Victoria University's religious studies professor Paul Morris considers there to be evidence of a growing religious revival among young people in the country. This comes after a United States study listed New Zealand as one of the nine countries in the world where religion will all but die last year.