China is starting an experiment designed to increase the birth rate. Changshan County plans to pay «a round sum» to couples in which the bride is under 25 years old.
China, struggling with population decline, begins another experiment, writes xrust. Changshan County, located in the east of the Middle Kingdom, has offered to pay 1,000 yuan ($137) to couples in which the bride is under 25 years old. The measure is new, local press emphasizes.
An article published on the county website explains that the award is intended to encourage couples to have children at the most favorable age. The measure is supplemented by other levers of influence on the newlyweds. For example, they are paid subsidies that ease the burden of childcare, educational expenses.
The country, demographers write, for the first time in 60 years, has faced a reduction and aging of the population. Officials, trying to turn the tide, invent new incentives. Note that the Chinese are allowed to marry at 22, and Chinese women at 20.
The China Statistical Agency stated that 6.8 million marriages were registered last year. This is the lowest rate since 1986. The birth rate sank to 1.09.
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