By next year, the birth rate in the United States could drop dramatically, which will be a new economic challenge even after the end of the coronavirus epidemic. This is reported by Bloomberg.
The overall fertility rate dropped from 2.1 to 1.7 babies per woman. According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, 34 percent of American women would like to delay getting pregnant or have fewer children because of a crisis caused by the epidemic.
Analysts at the Brookings Center expect the situation to worsen. By 2021, the country could have 500,000 children than at present. The number of unborn babies is probably significantly higher than the number of Americans who die from coronavirus (approximately 150,000 people).
All of this is leading to a reduction in the number of consumers, employees and taxpayers in the future. At the same time, experts doubt that in the coming years there will be an increase in fertility rates, compensating for current losses.