Should Countries Offer Incentives to Have Children?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

According to the United Nations, the world's population is set to hit seven billion on October 31st. And all this week The Takeaway is talking about what this monumental number means. Some Western countries are seeing a decline in the number of babies born leaving many governments worried about the future age and strength of their populations. Some rich nations like Germany, are offering financial and practical incentives to encourage women to have children.

To discuss the effectiveness of such incentives is Carl Haub, senior demographer at the Population Reference Bureau.

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer and Susie Warhurst

Comments [1]

Mike from Metrowest

Incentives to have children? Give me a break. Haven't we realized yet Gov't incentives and tax breaks are bad ideas. This one is asinine. What next incentives to eat salads, jail all the fat people. Let me keep my own money so I can afford to have my own children. Why should I pay for more unwanted pregnancies. This will only encourage the people who should not have children in the beginning.

Oct. 26 2011 10:08 AM

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