Friday, 18 May 2018 10:40

A Great Recession Predictor is Flashing Red

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There is a little known recession predictor that has done a good job historically of predicting when the economy is about to go into reverse: conception rate. Based on analysis from 1989 to 2016, a period with over 100 million US births, three economists have found that conception rate consistently dropped just prior to recessions. Conception rate is different than birth rate in that it measures the decision to have a baby, not the actual birth of one. The economists found that months or quarters before a recession, the decision to have a baby declined.

FINSUM: So conception rate and birth rate are different, but obviously very linked. So, what is scary to find out is that the US birth rate just hit its lowest level since 1987. Reason to worry?

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