The “Fertility Crisis” is a Government-Caused Crisis

by Ryan McMaken
Mises.org

January’s report on fertility from the CDC set off a new wave of speculation in the media about the alleged “fertility crisis.”

We continue to see headlines like Fortune magazine’s article “Americans Aren’t Making Enough Babies, Says CDC ” and we hear from experts in this Marketplace interview that replacement-level fertility, “is needed to sustain high living standards and a high quality of life.”

This latter sentiment takes us to the heart of the matter: when we hear about the fertility crisis, it is usually packaged as an economic crisis. That is, we’re told that standards of living will collapse if people don’t start to have more babies.

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