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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Birth rate among teen mothers declines

The overall birth rate has declined, including and especially among teen moms, according to a story published yesterday by The Washington Post. It is the second year in a row of decline, and results in the lowest birthrate among teen moms in the 70 years since the federal government began collecting the data. (Click here to read the full story.)

Implications: The Post story suggests that teens have responded to the financial constraints of the recession with increased personal responsibilities, perhaps not adding to the stress in a household. I’m not sure whether that holds… but the cause might be less interesting than the effect: The only increase in birthrate was among women over forty.

Mike Anderson

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