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In this influential work, Richard A. Easterlin shows how the size of a generation—the number of persons born in a particular year—directly and indirectly affects the personal welfare of its members, the make-up and breakdown of the family, and the general well being of the economy.
"[Easterlin] has made clear, I think unambiguously, that the baby-boom generation is economically underprivileged merely because of its size. And in showing this, he demonstrates that population size can be as restrictive as a factor as sex, race, or class on equality of opportunity in the U.S."—Jeffrey Madrick, Business Week
I. The Argument
1. The Accident of Birth: Generation Size and Personal Welfare
2. The Economic Fortunes of Young Adults
3. Marriage and Childbearing
4. Women's Work
5. Breakdown of the Family?
III. Society and Economy
6. Social Disorganization
8. The Future