Did America Lose Its Libido in the Recession?

Deep economic downturns bring lower birthrates.
A bull market for babies. Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Census Bureau reported last week that the financial crisis, aside from wrecking the economy, also helped drive down U.S. fertility rates to levels not seen since the late 1990s. The number of births for every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 years old has dropped, to 62.7 in 2013 from 69.3 in 2007.

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