October 11, 2014

Among Women Ages 20-24

1 Great Recession May Cut 425,000 Births

Past studies have shown that the birth rate falls amid hard economic times, when unemployment rises and fewer couples choose to take on the financial burden of having children, but it was assumed that the effected women later made up for this shortfall when good times returned. Now, however, a huge study by Princeton researchers of every women born in the U.S. from 1961 to 1770, 18 million total, indicates that women who are in the 20-24 age group when a recession hits are less likely to have children even when the economy recovers. No other age group seems effected, but study authors project that, among those who were in their early 20s when the recent great recession occurred in 2008, over 150,000 will remain childless, with the result that over 425,000 fewer children will be born.

More at Bigstory.ap.org | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Birth Rates and Economics, Unemployment and Birth Rates, Recessions Lower Birth Rates, Money and Family Size

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Consumption Down by 10%

2 Mexico’s Sugary Drinks Tax is Working

As residents of San Francisco and Berkeley prepare to vote on proposed surtaxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, a similar tax imposed nationally in Mexico in January is apparently having the effect desired by its supporters. According to preliminary surveys, not only are Mexican consumers purchasing ten percent fewer sugary drinks, but their consumption of healthier beverages such as unsweetened juices, sparkling water and diet drinks has risen by 7 percent, while plain unflavored water sales are up by 13 percent. The tax is estimated to raise roughly $1.1 billion (U.S.), which will be directed to providing clean drinking water to the nation's schools, many of which have either unsafe water supplies or none at all. Mexico is a world leader in soda consumption and obesity.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: California State Senator Proposes Soda Tax

Tags: Soda Tax, Taxing Sugary Drinks, Sugary Beverages Tax, Mexico's Junk Food Tax

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