Paying Couples to Wait on Parenting

A few days after reading an article on the cultural push for women to have children in India I came across an article that was practically the opposite.  The article was about a government program set up to reduce population growth in India by providing financial incentives to young couples to hold off on starting their families. It’s apparently been quite effective. The young couples are paid around $100 to wait. In the larger cities populations are already declining, as they are in much of the western world, but in the poorer rural areas families still tend to be large. Would Americans support such a program here in our country, to actually financially incentivize not having children rather than the opposite, which is the current position?

One Comment

  1. John Drake
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I most certainly would!

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