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    • Zev Michael
    • 03.04.13 | 21:22 (IDT)

    If anybody's families are growing, its the Haredim. The Arabs are more in line with a trend across the Third World to cut back on family size. First off, the better educated young women in the the developing world the less they are inclined to marry "eariler", nor are the men going to rush to the altar untl they have the kind of education that will enable them to support their families adequately. The bottom line is that young people in the Developng World are marryng in their early and mid-twenties. By the time they have kids . . . and even then it's likely two, maybe three. Give it a few decades, and there will be fewer better educated Palestinian Arabs. Haredim, however . . . even if they do acquire educational skills that would place them into the labor market, as consumers of material good, they compare with our grand parents and great grandparents that didn't buy on credit, didn't purchase anything they didn't need, in general were not as wasteful as the average upper middles in the West are used to spending. Yeah, they will have as many children as God allows them, and never feel the economic crunch.

    from the article: The Haredim’s new 'natural partners’
    First published 02:44 03.04.13 | Last updated 02:44 03.04.13
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