Anorak | Economics is in absolutely everything, even having babies

Economics is in absolutely everything, even having babies

by | 28th, February 2013

THIS should’t come as too much of a surprise actually, that there’s economics in everything. For everything that we do, everything that happens, requires resrouces. As economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources, there’s therefore economics in everything.

Yes, even in the having of babies :

The data was collected from individuals born in eight different Finnish parishes, covering the 17th to 20th centuries, when a mostly-agricultural society did not have access to modern birth-control or medical care.

Dr Helle said that a mother who had six sons would live for a further 32.4 years on average after the birth of her last child, while a woman who had daughters could expect to die 33.1 years after her final labour.

He said: ‘The research shows the more sons you have the lower post-reproductive survival was. Biologically, there is a bigger cost associated with having a boy than a girl, so that is one explanation for the shorter lifespan.’

We know very well that there’s an economic explanation about the creating of babies: it really doesn’t surprise any of us that alpha men get their leg over m0re often. What’s also known, but rather more rarely acknowledged, is this idea that the having of male babies does indeed require more resources. We’ve seen this in reports from places where food is in short supply. The normal male/female ratio at birth (about 105 male to 100 female is usual) changes. Fewer boys as compared to girls are born. Which in one way, is very weird. Because we know that the sex of a foetus is determined by the sperm that fertilises the egg. Nothing that happens after that (well, OK, a couple of very rare developmental disorders aside)

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