I saw an article or two about the phenomenon of well off upper class families having large families. It claimed that his broke the trend of increased economic status resulting in smaller families that has been occurring in developed and developing countries for the last 400 years or so. Is this trend actually documented? How strong is the correlation?

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    Welcome to Skeptics! We want to focus our attention on doubtful claims that are widely held or are made by notable people. Please provide some references to some of those articles where this claim is being made.
    – Oddthinking
    May 12, 2015 at 2:01
  • Please reference the article (with a hyperlink, and/or the title and the name of the publication), and if possible quote the sentence or two from it which you are questioning.
    – ChrisW
    May 12, 2015 at 10:43
  • I couldn't find the article about well educated upper middle class women breaking the trend, but I found plenty of support for the correlation. So, I guess this is already considered established, not something to be skeptical of. May 15, 2015 at 13:09


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