The Sustainable Demographic Dividend

Social Trends Institute

The long-term fortunes of the modern economy rise and fall with the family.

The Sustainable Demographic Dividend

W. Bradford Wilcox (ed), The Sustainable Demographic Dividend: What Do Marriage and Fertility Have to Do with the Economy?, 2011, 48pp.

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The Sustainable Demographic Dividend: What Do Marriage and Fertility Have to Do with the Economy? contends that the long-term fortunes of the modern economy rise and fall with the family.

The data is presented in 4 sections: 

In the introduction, "The Sustainable Demographic Dividend," UVA's W. Bradford Wilcox and STI's Carlos Cavallé summarize current demographic trends and introduce the argument that stable families affect not only individuals and communities but also businesses and economies.

"The Empty Cradle Report," which draws on work produced for STI's 2010 Whither the Child? Experts Meeting, describes not only low fertility trends, but also explores changes in family structure (co-habitation, single-parenting and divorce), examining the causes and consequences of these situations and offerring 10 potential public policy responses to them.

In "Marriage and the Baby Carriage," Wilcox joins with Darden's Kathryn Sharpe in relating family type and consumer spending in specific sectors, and suggests three steps corporations can take to increase their customer base.

The final section, "International Family Indicators," describes the structure and stability of family life around the globe. The study, prepared by Laurie DeRose of the Maryland Population Research Center,  presents data on global family structure; global children's trends; global family culture; and global family economic well-being. 

Visit the website dedicated to the report, where you can download it or order a bound copy.

STI has translated the report into Spanish, as El Dividendo Demográfico Sostenible.