Never let it be said that there\’s not an economic concept that our Gaian Economist cannot misunderstand.
In a peasant community, each new birth represents a mouth that needs feeding from a limited land resource; in contrast, in an economy where livelihoods are based around the labour-market, each birth represents a potential labourer whose time can be sold.
No love, no. You have it the wrong way around.
In agrarian economies children quickly become extra labour. It is in urban environments that birth rates drop dramatically as children become a cost for many more years to the household.
And we can see this: birth rates in agrarian societies are much higher than they are in either urban or wage labour ones.
It\’s no wonder some of the Green economic ideas (and yes, our lady economist here is an advisor to Caroline Lucas on such matters) are so barkingly mad when they\’re based on such obviously false premises really.