Negative effects of family allowances
Other Names: Financial incentives for having children
Nature: Family allowance schemes usually apply universally to all families with children. As such, instead of being a measure for redistribution of income as part of social security, it acts as an incentive to larger families. In certain countries, this incentive is adopted as a deliberate way of increasing population. In others, where it was intended as a means of ensuring adequate child welfare, this aim is not fulfilled, and underprivileged minorities are often accused of irresponsibly producing more children in order to obtain the family allowances.
Incidence: Family allowances are granted until the child reaches a certain age - 12 in Iran, 15 In Japan, 16 in Bulgaria, Australia and New Zealand, and 18 in the USA. However, in certain circumstances, particularly when the child is continuing with his studies, allowances are paid up to a higher age (18 in Iran and New Zealand, 20 in Japan, 21 in the USA).
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 28.04.2000 – 00:00 CEST