September 4, 2006

Gary Becker forgets to mention America

On the WSJ's OpinionJournal website, Nobel Economist Gary S. Becker opines:

Missing Children
Without mass immigration, low birthrates doom society.

Prof. Becker's argument that countries are doomed without mass immigration may or may not be true for some foreign nations, but it's not true for America. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the preliminary estimate of the American total fertility rate for 2004 was 2.05 babies per woman's lifetime, almost exactly equal to the replacement rate. The replacement rate is usually said to be 2.1, but it has apparently recently dipped down to the 2.05 to 2.07 range due to declining mortality among children.

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