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Demographic Transitions in the 21st Century

One of the critical challenges for the next century is the need to stabilise, and ultimately to reduce the number of human beings on this planet. We are already by far the most abundant large animal on Earth, and our sheer numbers, combined with our extremely wasteful use of resources, is putting increasing strain on […]

February 18th

Puppy Love: something money can’t buy…or can it?

Love, hugs, good friends, walks in the woods….The best things in life are free, right? Well, maybe. If you’re an economist at heart, you tend to see the dollars and cents in pretty much everything. So recently when my girlfriend and I were debating the merits of moving in together, I, the incorrigible economist, pointed […]

February 13th

Five reasons why slower growth isn’t necessarily bad

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how America is on a slow slide to oblivion given our lowest-in-history birthrate and U.S. Census projections showing slower population growth. While it’s true that fewer babies were born last year than in previous years (due to the recession, most likely), our total fertility rate – […]

January 17th