Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts is co-editor of Demography Is Destiny, MercatorNet's blog on population issues.

Recent blog posts by this author

Maternity Retailer Files for Bankruptcy

The world’s largest maternity retailer, Destination Maternity, filed for bankruptcy this week. The company has 183 stores across markets in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Could its potential closure be a sign of things to...

Should Parents Be Paid?

There is increased discussion of how hard it is becoming to simply raise children. With the world’s fertility rate converging towards just 1.7 children per woman, something is not right – especially because studies show that...

'It Should Not Be This Hard to Raise a Family'

Concerns about family affordability are increasingly an area of focus for lawmakers and commentators across the political spectrum, with debate focusing on child tax credits, paid parental leave, and the costs associated with child care, housing,...

Middle-Aged Men Are Part of the Loneliness Epidemic, Too

Chronic loneliness is an increasing concern, and apparently not just among the elderly and social-media crazed millennials.  A recently released YouGov survey finds that almost one in five men in the UK say that they have no...

Could Hormonal Contraception Be on Its Way Out?

In the App Store's health and fitness category, the number of period trackers is now second only to running apps.  Women are more empowered to conveniently access knowledge about their own fertility than ever before. One such app, ...

The Secrets of a Longer Life

New data has revealed that it is our own behavior that is the greatest threat to our staying alive. Poor diet is the number one risk factor, followed by high blood pressure and smoking.  A bad diet was behind more than 19...

Would Women Be Happier Raising a Family Before College and Career?

What if more women did motherhood first and university education and career second?  According to recent research, it could be one way to allow more women to more easily get what they really want.    A recent ...

Thank you for your Messy House

I recently visited a friend’s house with five children.  As I arrived for a morning coffee she was frantically vacuuming.  She had left for the school drop off in a rush, and clothes were still strewn through the hallways and toothbrushes...

Should Mothers Be Paid to Stay Home?

An editorial from The New Zealand Herald this month states that a proposal to pay New Zealand stay-at-home mothers has merit, commenting: “many parents who return to paid careers when their child is still very young cite financial necessity. It...

These Eight US States have Shrunk in 2016

New York, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois, and West Virginia all experienced shrinking populations in 2015-2016 according to figures recently released by the United States Census Bureau. This was in part due...

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