Yeah, it took me 38 years, but I have finally made my contribution to the future of the human race (and a cute one at that, if I may say so myself).
Over at Chicago Boyz they talk about the emerging childless free-rider problem in western countries:
Children are the producers of the future This means that children are in a sense a necessary economic good. [Update: I mean "good" in the sense of a created product like steel, not in the sense of a positive or negative] A society that does not produce enough children, or that cannot produce enough children who grow into economically productive adults, is doomed to poverty. Every long-term investment we make, whether in the private or public sector, is predicated on the idea that there will be a future generation which will actually produce a return. It doesn't matter what economic or political system rules the present, it will need children to secure its future. Even the most self-centered individual would eventual realize that if the next generation cannot produce, his own welfare will suffer.
So, collectively we all need children and benefit when they grow into productive adults, but the cost of raising children is increasingly being borne by fewer and fewer in the general population.
Childless adults are rapidly becoming economic free riders on the backs of parents.
You will have to read the rest to know what they are talking about. It is an interesting read, but one that must be read closely.
They don't make any policy recommendations but I'm sure your could make your own.