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The surge in the number of births that followed the return of peace after the end of World War II in many of the combatant nations is known as the baby boom. It lasted from 1946 to the early 1960s and was attributable to restoration of intact marriages and new marriages, associated with rising prosperity and optimism about the future. As these birth cohorts reached adult life and started families of their own, there was an “echo of the baby boom” with another surge in the numbers of births in the years from the early 1970s to the early 1990s.

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