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An assessment of policies that support having children from the perspectives of equity, efficiency and efficacy

McDonald, Peter


In a context where 46 countries now consider their fertility rate to be too low, attention is turning to the need for policy actions to increase fertility rates. This article discusses the reasons why action is required and why countries have been slow to take policy action. It then considers a wide range of possible policies and assesses them against a set of eleven social policy principles. The policies examined include tax-transfer policies, subsidised services, childcare and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research


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