Monday, October 31, 2011

Further nonesensical research

Would you have guessed that postponing motherhood leads to an increase in women's earnings of 9% per year of delay? That's a genuine finding, as a result of research by Amalia R. Miller of the University of Virginia.

Let's see. So what does that suggest? Basically that young women should put off childbearing.

Presumably, in order to maximise earnings, best not to have children at all.

But such research doesn't ask any of the really important questions: Is it as easy to have a child at 21 as at 40? Does the chance of having an unhealthy baby increase with the mother's age? What is the cost of the "mother-satisfaction" denied to the mother? What about the economic, social and cultural cost to a society of not having enough children? Sphere: Related Content

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