Friday, 11 February 2005

Baby bonuses worldwide

Now it's not just Singapore where couples who have babies get paid (here, we call it a "baby bonus") - it's happening in Italy too, according to the LA Times. Indeed, this quote from the article could have fit very well into the Straits Times last year, when there was the national debate over how to make conditions better for parenthood:
"It has to be made less difficult to balance work and family," [demographer Rossella Palomba] said. "Women should not be marginalized for taking maternity leave. The work environment must be made more friendly for workers with children. A man who takes paternity leave shouldn't be seen as a crazy man."
The interesting difference is that the Italian variation seems to be done on a town-by-town basis - the story focuses on a small Italian town that is essentially paying out the baby bonus to avoid being hollowed out.



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