EP 240 America’s Baby Bust

Americans are having fewer and fewer babies.  In fact, we are not having enough babies simply to replace ourselves.  The total fertility rate has been declining for seven years and last year represented the biggest drop in recent history. There are so many factors involved–cultural and economic–and we explore them in this podcast.  Perhaps, more important is the impact that these declines have on a nation over time. Lyman Stone, a specialist in population change at the American Enterprise Institute, takes us through causes and effects in a way that will have you thinking about this issue in a new light.  Whether your interest is in the decline in teen pregnancies or why women are waiting so long to have their first child, or the technology involved in the process, this podcast will illuminate these issues for you.