Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fertility costs - a bigger picture

Very interesting!
  • Giving away fertility treatment has a longterm large payback (analysis for the UK):
    "... a group of mathematicians and economists used a modeling exercise and calculated that for the average 13,000 pounds ($23,960) it costs to produce a child through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) the government would recoup 143,000 pounds in taxes alone.

  • Japan, with its low birthrate (1.29 - you need 2.1 to have a sustainable population (life-expectancy changes aside)), definitely needs to start spending more on getting people procreating. Instead at the moment they seem to be doing more (increasing taxes/pseudo-taxes, etc) to cause people to view kids as too expensive...

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