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Lockdowns May Have Caused ‘Baby Bump’ As Young Women Start Families And More Mothers Work From Home

Posted on AllSides October 19th, 2022
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Government lockdowns enacted in response to the spread of COVID may have caused the “first major reversal” in nearly two decades for American fertility rates, according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The analysis, written by economists Martha Bailey, Janet Currie, and Hannes Schwandt noted that forecasts originally predicted a dramatic baby bust of 300,000 children to 500,000 children as a result of the lockdowns. Instead, births declined by only 76,000 more than the baseline, while American-born mothers saw a net increase in births...

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