These are not the birth rates you're looking for

The next time someone tries to convince me that the Baby Bonus and financial incentives are the way to get the population numbers back up to replacement level, I'm going to point them to what happened in Ulyanossk, Russia.

Giving parents US$11,000 for having a second child on Russia Day (June 12) worked real well, didn't it?

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At 7/11/2008 10:27 am , Blogger Glass Castle said...

Hi Tym, as you've posted on gender issues, I wondered if you might be interested in the new webzine Glass Castle.


Launched this Monday (7 July), Glass Castle is a new webzine focusing on women's welfare and gender relations in Singapore and the region. The main content is updated every other Monday, but there is a blog which will be updated more frequently. The inaugural issue has included an interview with NCMP Sylvia Lim and a statement of our aspirations in setting up this online community. We have also blogged on the recently published AWARE report on sexual harassment in Singapore's workplaces.

Please take a look and include a link on your website if you find it interesting.

At 7/13/2008 4:37 pm , Blogger Dot said...

Unfortunately, it appears Singaporeans respond BEST to monetary incentives. Who knows what will really happen, 10, 20, 50 years from now? I often wonder what the Singapore of the future looks like.

At 7/15/2008 11:13 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Man, I did not speak too soon. Today the government released results of "public consultation sessions" about obstacles to marriage and procreation. Let's see if they start throwing more money at the problem.


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