Remote Work May Have Fueled a Baby Boom

From a story on by Emily Peck headlined “Remote work may have fueled a baby boom among U.S. women”:

Remote work likely contributed to a mini-baby boom in 2021 among women in the U.S. — a reversal of a years-long decline in the birth rate, according to a working paper published by three economists this week.

Why it matters: It’s surprising. Economists predicted a crash in birth rates at the outset of the pandemic. The quick economic recovery and the rise of remote work may have changed the trajectory, the authors say.