Aussie birthrates odds: Will an increased amount of time cooped up indoors lead to a future ‘baby boom’ in Australia?
Australian Birthrates Odds 2020 ??
With Australians forced into isolation for an indefinite amount of time, could the nation see a baby boom in nine months time? Online bookmaker Unibet have established a market for Aussies to bet on in anticipation of a potential baby boom.
Only permitted to go outside for essential activities like grocery shopping and exercise, Australians have been forced to spend the majority of time in their own homes.
This has led to speculation about the possibility of a baby boom in the country. It’s certainly not a unique scenario, with many events through history leading to considerable spikes in birth rates.
Past ‘Baby Booms’ ?
Of course, sporting competitions are at the top of the list when it comes to sharp increases in birth rates.
Iceland’s dream run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, which included a win over England, led to an enormous baby boom in a country of just 330,000 people.
Germany might not have won the 2006 World Cup, but simply hosting the biggest sporting competition on the planet was enough to see the nation’s birth rate rise by over 30 per cent nine months after the final.
Although, it’s not just the euphoria of classic sporting moments that contributes to baby booms.
Indeed, when a 16-day shutdown of the American Federal Government in 2013 saw 800,000 employees furloughed, hospitals in Washington D.C. reported a big increase in birth rates nine months later.
Will isolation lead to a baby boom in Australia? ?
With the overwhelming majority of Australians locked in their own homes for the foreseeable future, will isolation eventually lead to a significant baby boom down the track?
Unibet have set up an over/under market in relation to Australian Birthrates in 2020. Check out the odds below.
Total number of registered Australian births in 2020
Over 308,000 – $1.87
Under 308,000 – $1.87
Results from www.abs.gov.au statistics. All bets refunded if the relevant statistic is not published by 05/01/2021.