Interview: Demographic Crisis? Marriage Holds the Key

Sep 2, 2023

In this first part of a two-part interview, I speak to Lyman Stone of the Institute for Family Studies about how marriage is pivotal in countering any demographic crisis. Lyman’s data-rich arguments strengthen the case for one-man, one-woman marriage. This is a must-watch for those who want to understand the critical role that marriage plays in societal stability.

We’re in a world where “fertility has been falling persistently for the past 20 years”. Lyman notes that on average, women in English-speaking countries say they want 2.5 children. Yet, most women in the West have fewer children than this.

Lyman points out the significant role that marriage plays in boosting fertility rates. He mentions that the “rates of birth are four times as high within marriage”, illustrating how marriage “facilitates fertility” by offering a range of ‘securities’. He makes it clear that marriage helps people achieve their family aspirations.

The interview concludes by setting the stage for next week’s second part, where Lyman will share suggestions on how to promote marriage in society and counter the downward spiral of falling marriage and fertility rates.

At C4M, we know that real marriage is the robust foundation for resolving demographic challenges. The data shows it’s an indispensable resource for the future of family and society.