Let me ask you this, when you bring up, you know, the different economic parts of the reason why people have kids, or maybe explain after the fact why they’ve had kids, what do we know generally about the factors that make a given person or family more or less likely to have kids.

Can anybody explain after "the factors that make a given person" part and general meaning because I couldn't get the meaning of that sentence? What does "make a given person" mean and how we tie this sentences with "more or less likely to have kids". Thanks in advance.

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Your sentence is asking what social, economic, or other reasons cause people to have children.

Possibly make is incorrectly used in your sentence since usually no one is "forced", pre se, to have children (though some religious groups think having large families is an obligation).

The sentence could just as easily been written

the factors as to why a given person or family are more or less likely...

  • So what does the given exactly means here ?
    – user37821
    Aug 29, 2016 at 7:00
  • "Given" = "something particular", "given person" = "any chosen person". So it means, "any chosen person from our set (possibly random?) of people or families". "Givens" are "initial conditions" in math proofs.
    – Peter
    Aug 29, 2016 at 15:37

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