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Birth Quake: The Baby Boom and Its Aftershocks

Diane J. Macunovich


Between 1965 and 1985, the Western world and the United States in particular experienced a staggering amount of social and economic change. This book argues that the common thread underlying all these changes was the post-World War II baby boom—in particular, the passage of the baby boomers into young adulthood. The author focuses on the pervasive effects of changes in “relative cohort size,” the ratio of young to middle-aged adults, as masses of young people tried to achieve the standard of living to which they had become accustomed in their parents' homes despite dramatic reductions in their ... More

Keywords: baby boom, young adulthood, relative cohort size, middle-aged adults, standard of living, earning potential, empirical analyses, cohort effects, economic indicators, stock market crash

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226500836
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226500928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane J. Macunovich, author

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