Governments encouraging women to have babies
If you are a woman of childbearing age in a developing country, there's a good chance your government will pay you to reproduce at the currently desirable rate, says Kerry Howley of Reason.
Russian women who have a second child receive a lump sum of 250,000 rubles (about U.S. $9,200).
Polish women receive 1,000 zloty (about U.S. $460) per child.
Couples in Sweden receive a combined 13 months of parental leave, 11 of which can be taken by one parent, and during which the government provides 80 per cent of a parent's former income.
Swedish parents also collect 900 euros (about U.S. $1,410) per year; bosses then must allow their employees to work part time for prorated pay once they become parents.
In May 2004, the Australian government announced parents would begin receiving 3,000 Aussie dollars (about U.S. $2,800) for each new baby.
Singapore, a country with one of the lowest fertility rates in the world at 1.07, has launched a new baby-making campaign with the slogan of "Three or More." To encourage procreation, Singapore's Social Development Unit (SDU) has adopted new policies:
The SDU offers a free government dating advisor who interviews young singles and matches them up with those who share similar interests; participants in the dating programme even receive free makeovers and lectures on personal grooming.
First and second children in Singapore bring in baby bonuses of 3,000 Singapore dollars (about U.S. $2,200) each, while third and fourth children garner 6,000 Singapore dollars (about U.S. $4,400) each.
The government also matches parental investment in special children's savings accounts, which can be used for day care or other child-related expenses.
Source: Kerry Howley, Baby Bust, Reason, July 2008.
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FMF Policy Bulletin/ 15 July 2008
FMF Policy Bulletin
Publish date: 24 July 2008
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