Nurses taking care of newborns at a birthing care centre in Seoul. Photo: SCMP
Nurses taking care of newborns at a birthing care centre in Seoul. Photo: SCMP
South Korea

Can South Korea lift the world’s lowest birth rate by offering cash incentives?

  • The country’s total fertility rate has dropped to just 0.84, a world low and one that has policymakers worried enough to give incentives to couples to have babies
  • But Korean couples are put off by the high cost of raising children, and are unlikely to be swayed by the government’s offer of US$1,826 per birth starting in 2022

Topic |   South Korea
Nurses taking care of newborns at a birthing care centre in Seoul. Photo: SCMP
Nurses taking care of newborns at a birthing care centre in Seoul. Photo: SCMP
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