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Québec's Baby Bonus: Can public policy raise fertility?

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Milligan, Kevin
Publication Date: 
24 Jan 2002

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In 1988, Quebec introduced the Allowance for Newborn Children, a pro-natalist child benefit that paid up to $8,000 to a family after the birth of a child. Was the program successful? It achieved its goal of increasing family size, but only at a high cost per additional birth. Each child who would not have been born in the absence of the incentive cost the public purse more than $15,000. The main policy lesson from this episode is that, even if the response to an incentive policy is strong, the effective cost per desired result may be very high.

Entered Date: 
20 Mar 2002
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