Economists from the Brookings Institute are forecasting that the coronavirus pandemic will result in a “baby bust,” or a drop in pregnancy and birth rates, Business Insider reports.
According to a Brookings report, Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine predict the pandemic may cause the number of births that take place next year to drop between 300,000 and 500,000.
Many have said coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines would result in couples having more babies. But the economists say the economic recession, insecurity and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic will cause the opposite to happen.
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