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COVID-19 slows birth rate in US, Europe

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COVID-19 slows birth rate in US, Europe

20 Sep 2021 by Ted Escobedo   1 min read

Throughout history, pandemics have been a key driver of human population change, thanks to mortality and declining fertility rates. And, according to a new study co-authored by Seth Sanders, the Ronald Ehrenberg Professor of Economics in the ILR School, COVID-19 is no exception.

Births declined 7.1% in the United States, according to the study, "Early Assessment of the Relationship Between the COVID-19 Pandemic and Births in High-Income Countries," published Sept. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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