Monday, April 27, 2009


The one word title is to avoid puns …

The New York Times reported on April 13 that the number of vasectomy surgeries also seems to be an inverse indicator for the economy.

… Dr. Goldstein … was performing about six vasectomies a month. Then, in November, the number rose to nine, where it was holding steady through the end of March.

The article has quite a bit more anecdotal evidence.

In particular, it notes that there is:

… A historical parallel in the Great Depression, when the birth rate fell sharply.

That’s an interesting piece of information from the perspective of the Solow model.

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