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The cost of children

An investigation into the causes of the decline in the number of children being born finds that economic motivations are more influential than child mortality or social learning, but also reinforces the relatedness of these factors.

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Figure 1: Fertility in decline.



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Mace, R. The cost of children. Nature 499, 32–33 (2013).

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