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Raftery Provides Empirical Perspectives on US’ Declining Birthrates

Posted: 6/25/2021 (CSDE in the News)

In a recent essay in The Conversation, CSDE Affiliate Adrian Raftery offers nuanced and comparative insights on the CDC’s May 2021 report about a decline in U.S. birth rates. In the essay, Raftery cautions against a panicked reaction, noting that falling birth rates have been true in the U.S. for forty years, such trends are similar to other similarly-situated nations, and that the very recent and dramatic decline in immigration to the U.S. contributed to the seemingly startling decline in birthrates.