The Empty Playground and the Welfare State

Which effect will predominate depends on, among other things, how many women of each type a given society has. In a society where full-time paid employment by women is nearly universal and almost nobody has three or four children, day-care subsidies might well increase fertility — not in a society with the opposite conditions. “Family-friendly workplaces,” Gilbert notes, are also friendlier to some family structures than to others — families with fewer children are more workplace-friendly, one might say — and their effects, too, are therefore ambiguous.

via The Empty Playground and the Welfare State – Ramesh Ponnuru – National Review Online.

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