by Anne Morse, Media Coordinator for the Population Research Institute.

This article was first published at on June 11, 2014.

Long, long ago, when Anne’s parents were in college (sorry, mom and dad), demographers made an observation: they saw that for most of human history, even though couples were having far more than two children, mortality was also very high. The result was that populations either stayed the same or grew very slowly.

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By Anne Morse

This article was first published February 6, 2014 at

Reports of terrorist threats, human rights abuses, and general economic incompetency have already marred the opening of the 2014 winter Olympics. These failings in Russia represent the face of the greatest myth propagated this past half-century: that low-fertility creates a successful society. 

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by Jennifer Roback Morse

At last, a book on demography that talks about its relation to sexual culture.

This article was originally published March 19, 2013, at

I was talking with a Catholic college student who is enrolled in a graduate level demography class on fertility at a major state university.  She said that when her classmates make snarky remarks about “those Catholics” and their large families, the whole class nods knowingly in agreement.

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Dead End of Secularism

On June 11, 2009, in Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D, by Betsy

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at June 11, 2009.

Secularism was to be the wave of the future. Leading secular theorists such as Peter Berger taught that secularism would be the inevitable result of the inexorable march of progress and that its many advantages would simply drive out religion in all of its forms. No serious discussion was possible or necessary. Religion would be deposited unceremoniously on the dustbin of history.

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Are Children Worth it?

On January 28, 2009, in Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D, by Betsy

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at January 28, 2009.

Let us state it at once: Revolutionary Road is a bad movie, despite the awards it garnered from its Hollywood peers. The story is Hollywood’s fantasy of the stultifying life in the 1950’s suburbs. Unbelievable storyline, unsympathetic characters, and a socially irresponsible message: evidently these are the requirements for Hollywood awards.

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