The US birth rate has been declining since the Crash of 2008, but it took an even larger decline during the pandemic to levels unseen since the Great Depression. Today fertility rates are below replacement levels, which could have big impacts on education, employment, and the tax base years down the road. Experts discuss how people make fertility decisions and the impacts they can have on the nation.


  • Nell Frizzell, author, The Panic Years: Dates, Doubts, and the Mother of All Decisions
  • Dr. Philip Cohen, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Laura Lindberg, Principal Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

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