Linking Fertility Choices and the Economy: Population Growth and Change in the US

sunset_2007-1The impact of the 2008 recession on fertility choices and population movement are highlighted in a recent article by William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institute. Frey identified two major population processes in the US. First, population growth rates in the US were at their lowest level since the Depression of the 1930’s, likely reflecting delayed fertility following the recession and economic uncertainly. Second, population growth had returned to America’s Sunbelt following their economic resurgence post-recession. The full article can be found here: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2016/12/23/u-s-growth-rate-hits-new-low-as-migration-to-the-sun-belt-continues/

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One thought on “Linking Fertility Choices and the Economy: Population Growth and Change in the US

  1. The return of population growth among Sunbelt states can be partly linked to my paper on outmigration from the 4 sand states (AZ, CA, FL, NV) during recession. Even with the discouraging labor market status among the individuals with relatively low level of socioeconomic characteristics in major MSAs of the four states, the forced outmigrants’ destination choices are somewhat limited to other regions within same states. I found this was mainly due to the limited resources and growing uncertainty with longer-distance migration. Those who relocated back to major metros within the four states might have served as a signal for the potential in-migrants to these states.

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