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    Why are fewer white people having kids?

    Minority children now make up the majority, and most births last year were mostly minorities. Why is it that white people tend to have the least amount of kids, on average? Could that explain why minorities, except Asians, have the highest poverty rates?

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    White people have lower birth rates because they tend to be more educated and better off economically on average compared to all other shades of skin. There is an indisputable correlation between education and economic wellbeing and lower birth rates. It's a chicken-or-egg debate. Conservatives will say good decision making results in better education and economic wellbeing, and liberals will say better education and wellbeing results in making good decisions. Both assumptions are partly true, but the difference in causal variables leads to pretty starkly contrasting policy recommendations. The assumption that good decisions precede economic wellbeing leads to policy recommendations that encourage and reward good decisions with the expectation that prosperity will result, whereas the belief that simply being better off economically produces good decisions leads to policy recommendations that redistribute economic wellbeing with the expectation that good decisions will result from being better off.

    Thinking big picture, the catch-22 we probably face as a species is that the only way we can expect population growth to level off is for poor countries and continents to become better educated and more prosperous. This is necessary because too much population growth is unstable, particularly environmentally. Keeping them poor basically guarantees continued super high birth rates in Africa, Asia and the M.E. However for the poorest 6 billion people to prosper like the other better off 1+ billion also requires vast resource consumption, which is also potentially unstable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    White people have lower birth rates because they tend to be more educated and better off economically on average compared to all other shades of skin. There is an indisputable correlation between education and economic wellbeing and lower birth rates. It's a chicken-or-egg debate. Conservatives will say good decision making results in better education and economic wellbeing, and liberals will say better education and wellbeing results in making good decisions. Both assumptions are partly true, but the difference in causal variables leads to pretty starkly contrasting policy recommendations. The assumption that good decisions precede economic wellbeing leads to policy recommendations that encourage and reward good decisions with the expectation that prosperity will result, whereas the belief that simply being better off economically produces good decisions leads to policy recommendations that redistribute economic wellbeing with the expectation that good decisions will result from being better off.

    Thinking big picture, the catch-22 we probably face as a species is that the only way we can expect population growth to level off is for poor countries and continents to become better educated and more prosperous. This is necessary because too much population growth is unstable, particularly environmentally. Keeping them poor basically guarantees continued super high birth rates in Africa, Asia and the M.E. However for the poorest 6 billion people to prosper like the other better off 1+ billion also requires vast resource consumption, which is also potentially unstable.
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