Cash For Kids

April 21, 2014 in Daily Bulletin

In the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin a creature offers goods and services in exchange for a newborn child. Countries around the world have taken this fable to heart and are offering incentives to parents willing to have children writes Lily Kuo:

  • With declining fertility rates across the world countries are looking to boost their infant populations.
  • Japan spends $29.3 million on matchmaking events and robotic babies that are intended to inspire parents to try for the real thing.
  • The “Do it for Denmark” campaign (pictured) encourages partners to go on vacation and offers prizes if they can prove they conceived on the trip.
  • Singapore is allowing people to vote on what comes with the “goodie-bag” new parents will get for babies born in 2015.
  • Russia announced that September 12th is the country’s Day of Conception. Any babies born 9 months later – around Russia’s Independence Day – will have a chance to win an SUV and other prizes.
  • France isn’t satisfied with just one child. Families with three or more children receive discounts across the country for things such as train fares and movie tickets.

Read more about the various measures that different countries are trying, how successful they are, and more over here.

Source: Quartz