The Population Bust

29 Apr 2024
6:30 pm


Heritage Hall in Father O'Connell Hall, Catholic University
599 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064

Join the IHE and The Catholic Project for a discussion of falling birth rates and the family. IHE Media Fellow Ross Douthat will moderate a panel with Timothy P. Carney and IHE Scholar Catherine R. Pakaluk, asking the pressing questions: How did the world stop having kids? What can we do about it?

Watch the recording here.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow.


  • Catherine Ruth Pakaluk
    Catherine Ruth Pakaluk
    IHE Scholar & Associate Professor, The Catholic University of America

    Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, Ph.D. in Economics, is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America. Her primary areas of research include economics of education and religion, family studies and demography, Catholic Social Thought, and political economy.

    Dr. Pakaluk is the author of “Hannah’s Children: The Women Quietly Defying the Birth Dearth” (2024, Regnery) and the 2015 recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award, a prize given for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”

  • Ross Douthat
    Ross Douthat
    IHE Media Fellow & New York Times Columnist

    Ross Douthat is a Media Fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology. He joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed Columnist in 2009. Previously, he was a Senior Editor at the Atlantic and Blogger for

    He is the author of “The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success” (Simon and Schuster, 2020), “To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism” (Simon and Schuster, 2018), “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics”, (Simon and Schuster, 2012), and “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (Hyperion, 2005). He is the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (Doubleday, 2008). Mr. Douthat is also the Film Critic for National Review.

  • Timothy P. Carney
    Timothy P. Carney
    Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

    Timothy P. Carney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on civil society, family, localism, religion in America, economic competition, and electoral politics. He is concurrently a senior columnist at the Washington Examiner.

    Mr. Carney’s is the author of “Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture Made Raising Kids Much Harder Than It Needs to Be” (HarperCollins, 2024). He is also the author of “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse” (HarperCollins, 2019), which was a Washington Post bestseller; “Obamanomics” (Regnery Publishing, 2009); and “The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money” (John Wiley & Sons, 2006), which was awarded the 2008 Culture of Enterprise award by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

    In addition to his Washington Examiner columns, Mr. Carney has been published widely, including in the Atlantic, National Review, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His television appearances include CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and PBS NewsHour.

    Mr. Carney has a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis.

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