Posted by: sean | March 5, 2010

More on the “youth bulge”

I was looking through the statistics put out by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel studies today when I decided to take a look at the median age of Jerusalemites. As it happens, the institute separates the city’s inhabitants by sect and ethnicity, and this is what I found (p. 18):

So the group with the lowest median age in Jerusalem is not Arab or Muslim, but rather ultra-Orthodox Jews, at 18, compared to 17.2 in Gaza. They also have an average fertility rate of 7.7 children per family (down from 8.9), compared to the Gazan fertility rate of 5.03.  I wonder, then, do Heinsohn and Kramer see this as a problem? Would they qualify the young Hasedim as “superfluous sons,” or is that a distinction that is reserved for Arabs?

UPDATE: I see from my stats that Martin Kramer has posted a link to this entry on his Facebook page. If he’s interested in debating the issue, I’d be more than willing to engage him here on the site, or elsewhere if he prefers.

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  1. […] sons" generated by a "youth bulge" in a population just create problems. Well Sean Lee has pointed out that the "youth bulge" is just as pronounced among the ultra-Orthodox in Israel, with […]

  2. […] sons” generated by a “youth bulge” in a population just create problems. Well Sean Lee has pointed out that the “youth bulge” is just as pronounced among the ultra-Orthodox in Israel, with […]

  3. This is still generating buzz on the Harvard campus:

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/4/19/kramers-weatherhead-dr-harvard/

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/3/11/center-mr-weatherhead-harvard/


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