Posts Tagged ‘Economics’

The marriage gap: where poor Canadians are missing out

March 13th, 2014 Comments off
Anyone concerned about the increasing wealth gap should study marriage figures.

In many of the world’s richer countries policy watchers are concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor. The causes are often traced to taxation and welfare policies. But there is an important cause that is rarely discussed – the marriage gap that has opened up between those at the top of the socio-economic scale and those lower down. Read more…

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Population ageing affects Hong Kong

February 24th, 2014 Comments off

by Marcus Roberts

The debate in Hong Kong on its population policy is continuing. We’ve mentioned it before on this blog, and the debate isn’t dying down at all.   The South China Morning Post continues to debate the options and likely outcomes for a city which has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.  As the article states, Hong Kong’s population growth is drying up and the population is growing older: Read more…

How Single Motherhood Hurts Kids

February 17th, 2014 Comments off


The last few weeks have brought an unusual convergence of voices from both the center and the left about a topic that is typically part of conservative rhetorical territory: poverty and single-parent families. Just as some conservatives have started talking seriously about rising inequality and stagnant incomes, some liberals have finally begun to admit that our stubbornly high rates of poverty and social and economic immobility are closely entwined with the rise of single motherhood. Read more…

Millenials choose demanding jobs over having kids

January 18th, 2014 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story – Millennials want children, but they’re not planning on them

In a New York Times blog post this week, Katrina Alcorn highlights an alarming new study revealing that fewer than half of millennials are planning on having children. Read more…

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Babies are Blessings for Everyone

December 18th, 2013 Comments off

By Anne Morse and Steven Mosher

$217,000 is a large chunk of change. You could buy a mining ghost town in California, a new Bentley, or the designer wedding dress of Princess Marie-Chantal for that amount of money. $217,000 also happens to be the net financial benefit to society if you become a parent, according to a recent study by Lee et al. Read more…

The economic benefits of childbearing

December 9th, 2013 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story – U.S. pregnancy rates slide, near record lows

Evidence continues to mount that the American birthrate is taking a precipitous downward slide.  Reports the Washington Post, “The National Center for Health Statistics said the pregnancy rate of 102 pregnancies out of every 1,000 women is 12 percent below the 1990 peak of about 116 per 1,000. Only once in the past 30 years, 1997, has it been lower…” Read more…

South Korean women say no to babies

November 13th, 2013 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

Despite enticing incentives from the government, South Korean women struggle with the choice to leave their careers to raise children.  The modern South Korean woman is ambitious.  She has worked hard for her career and is hesitant to give it up.  Although it is probably what her mother did as her sole occupation, for some being at home now seems mundane in comparison to the many goals and promises that a career provides. Read more…

Marriage and abortion are economic issues

October 28th, 2013 Comments off

by Star Parker

Clearly it’s impossible to separate marriage, children and abortion from our overall economic picture. These factors are at the root of the economic picture.

Political discussions commonly assume there are two separate sets of issues.

There’s a social agenda — issues like abortion and marriage. And there’s an economic agenda — issues like federal spending, debt, taxes, and government programs like entitlements. Read more…

Getting Zapped for a Good Cause: A Review of “Home Economics”

October 26th, 2013 Comments off

by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was originally published August16th, 2013, at

Have you ever seen a dog race up to the boundary of a yard, and abruptly stop? It looks very odd, until you realize that the dog is wearing a fancy collar. There is an invisible electric “fence” embedded in the yard. The dog has been shocked so often that it stops before actually touching the invisible fence line. Read more…

The fatherhood premium

October 24th, 2013 Comments off

Nicole M. King

The News Story – Did recession lead to increase in vasectomies?

Is the economic downturn causing more men to take the drastic step of having a vasectomy?  According to Dr. Anand Shridharani, a men’s reproductive and sexual health specialist in Knoxville, Tennessee, yes. Read more…

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