So They Never Wanted Kids – Childlessness and the Ex-post Rationalisation Problem

by Patrick Dick, Editorial Journalist

A couple of weeks ago, television on (the ever-encroaching) Valentine’s Day was predictably replete with romantic comedies. Most of the films I recognised had happy endings—appropriate on a day of upbeat marketing. In many cases, happy endings meant children, or at least the commitment to start a family. One network bucked the trend, however, apparently deciding that childlessness fit the bill.

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Childlessness: What’s Old, What’s New, What’s Innovative

by Michaela Kreyenfeld

Explanations for childlessness have long abounded in popular culture. Some have chalked it up to decaying mores, others to cataclysmic events like war or economic disaster—still others to policy, which can be the cause or effect of any of these. But like so much in science, reality does not necessarily fit, or at least fit nicely, with what we “observe” on a daily basis.

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21st Century Children

by Tracey Burns

My son was accepted into film-making camp, and he’s only seven years old! I’m so proud. The only problem is that I’m not sure how I will get him there since the twins have their dance class and then empathy workshop on the same afternoon– On the phone with my friend, I make polite noises but inside I am thinking: what ever happened to kids having time to run around and just have fun?

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How to Make Pensions Sustainable and Socially Meaningful: OECD’s Pensions at a Glance 2015

by Monika Queisser

Pension reform is one of the most difficult and politically charged areas of social policy. This is true not only in the United States, where social security has been called the “third rail of American politics” – touch it and you die –, but also in many European countries. Changing the rules of retirement, such as pension ages and benefit levels, is unpopular and a tough sell for governments; raising pensions and allowing people to stop working earlier, by contrast, is a good way to make friends and builds support among an ageing electorate.

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Resistance to Return

Why many migrants and their families have defied Spain’s historic economic downturn

by Amparo González-Ferrer

Spanish emigration has captured headlines in recent years. It is understandable considering how historically emotive the phenomenon has become in a country so many were forced to leave throughout the 20th century. But the situation of Spain’s own immigrant population also deserves some reflection.

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