The Pandemic Caused a Baby Bust, Not a Boom

The Pandemic Caused a Baby Bust, Not a Boom
(Princess Eugenie via AP)

When the COVID pandemic led to widespread economic shutdowns and stay-at-home orders in the spring of 2020, many media outlets and pundits speculated this might lead to a baby boom. But it appears the opposite has happened: birth rates declined in many high-income countries amid the crisis, a new study shows.

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