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White Deaths Outnumber Births in America

Shannon Roberts | 19 June 2013

A new milestone in the gradual decline of white people in America occurred this week.  The number of non-Hispanic white deaths outnumbered births for the first time.  Significantly, several demographers have said that they are not aware of another time in American history when the dominant racial group in America has shrunk in this way, even taking into account such events as the depression and the two world wars last century.


The real reason for Putin’s US adoption ban?

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 January 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin upset a lot of Americans with his December 28 (feast of the Holy Innocents) ban on adoptions to the US—at the same time ordering his government to take a range of steps to make it easier for Russians to adopt orphans.


Recession pushes United States birth rate to 25 year low

Shannon Roberts | 18 August 2012

The United States had been one of the few developed countries to maintain fertility rates at close to replacement level.  However, the average number of births per woman there is projected to fall to 1.87 this year and 1.86 next year according to consulting firm Demographic Intelligence.  Surprisingly, it is now below that of even the British and the French (both at 2.0).  The rates are a 25 year low and, sadly, seem in some part to be due to the recession and a rising cost of living and having children.


A growing socioeconomic divide between parents

Shannon Buckley | 23 June 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 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.


More Educated Women opting to have Families

Shannon Buckley | 05 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.


How to compensate for lost fertility?

Shannon Roberts | 10 January 2012
Past Eugenics and sterilisation programs in the United States are coming back to bite them, with North Carolina currently the first State to address compensation for victims. According to the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, at one time, 31 states in the U.S. had government-run eugenics programs. In North Carolina alone, close to 8,000 men, women, and children -- mostly poor, black, disabled and uneducated -- were forcibly sterilized from 1929 to 1974.

US Politics and Counting Heads

Marcus Roberts | 08 September 2011
The political issues surrounding th US 2010 Census.

Recession and Childbearing in the US

Marcus Roberts | 17 August 2011
Demographers argue that the recession will lead to lower fertility in the US.

Just where does all this government spending go?

Shannon Buckley | 13 August 2011
Following on from the discussion this week on the connection between the current financial crisis and demographic change, I draw your attention to this interesting discussion of the US debt crisis by a prominent New Zealand financial analyst.

Getting old – the Reason for Our Economic Malaise? Part II

Marcus Roberts | 10 August 2011
A response to the last post's article.

Getting old – the Reason for Our Economic Malaise?

Marcus Roberts | 08 August 2011
Chrystia Freeland presents an argument why demography is the answer to our economic woes.

Rich not duped by Materialism

Shannon Buckley | 26 July 2011
Hanging out for a fast car to keep up with Jones’? Research by Dr Thomas J. Stanley suggests that those flashy Jones’ may not really be that wealthy – at least in the United States.

New Zealand Marriages; US Births

Marcus Roberts | 20 June 2011
The marriage rate in NZ has dropped, while the Demographic Institute has accurately predicted the number of births in the US in 2010.

The US Economy – Bullishness based on babies

Marcus Roberts | 05 June 2011
Reasons for optimism about the US economy.

The Population Centre of the US: Plato, Texas County, Missouri

Marcus Roberts | 29 April 2011
The Population Centre of the US is now in Texas County, Missouri.

The US Melting Pot Keeps on Bubbling

Marcus Roberts | 13 April 2011
The 2011 US censes shows that the future population of the United States will be more Hispanic, more Asian, less African-American and less white.

A more elderly workforce for a more elderly society?

Marcus Roberts | 11 April 2011
Our ageing population requires a rethink on our approach to the working elderly.

Federal abortion funding to be cut in the US?

Shannon Buckley | 08 April 2011
Over the last 100 years, contraception has been looked to more and more as a way for the world to ‘control’ its population.
 
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