ERIC Number: ED187566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Population Bulletin, Vol. 35, No. 1. America's Baby Boom Generation: The Fateful Bulge.
Bouvier, Leon F.
During 1955 to 1964, nearly 42 million births occurred in the United States. This established a record unequaled to then and unlikely to soon be repeated. This bulletin explores the roots of the baby boom and its lasting impact on U.S. society; an impact accentuated by the unexpected interruption of a century-long fertility decline and the relatively small sizes of the preceding Depression Years and following "baby bust" birth cohorts. This discussion focuses on the reasons for the baby boom, who produced it, future cohort dimensions, the demographic impact of the baby boom, the impact on cohort members, and the baby boom's problems for society. The greatest baby boom challenge is described as occurring in the year 2000, when the baby boom cohort reaches retirement age and the ratio of active workers paying into the social security pool will fall drastically. (Author/SA)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Birth Rate, Declining Enrollment, Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Projections, Family Planning, Population Growth, Population Trends, Reproduction (Biology), School Construction, Social Problems, Social Sciences
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Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.