Competition and consumerism linked to declines in fertility

Basket_of_moneyNew research from the States suggests that competition for jobs and more availability of consumer goods is linked to lower fertility. The team of anthropologists from Georgia have even developed a mathematical model to back up their arguments. They say that there is a worldwide pattern which shows that fertility declines when there is more social inequality.

When I first read this, I imagined it was suggesting some peculiar link between consumerism and fertility, but when you examine the facts more closely it’s more a combination of things that we’ve already known, including the fact that women who are more educated are more likely to delay having children – but if you are interested, you can find out more about the research from Emory University here