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Boost fertility? Nudge educated women to marry, and marry young

A In a previous article in this column, on Sept 26, my colleague Chia Ngee Choon and her co-author Chia Han Mae wrote about why some pro-natalist policies such as the Baby Bonus have not worked.

Their recommendation was to focus on policy measures that lower the long-term cost of rearing children. Affordability is a valid consideration. If raising a child with high human capital content is going to consume a large proportion of parental lifetime income that constrains other lifestyle expenses, including retirement, parents are unlikely to aim for a larger family.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2018, with the headline 'Boost fertility? Nudge educated women to marry, and marry young'. Subscribe