Guaranteed minimum income, no handouts for having children, and especially breaking down the state within the state, are indeed powerful solutions. However, increasing fertility among the high IQ, like Ultra-Orthodox Haredim, can create its own set of problems. Anyway, any drop in fertility must accompanied by measures at the other end of life.
Commenter redzengenoisthas brought to my attention that in his homeland of Denmark, policy seems to have accomplished two rather remarkable feats:
- Fertility among non-Western immigrant women (primarily Muslims) is down to 1.88 children/child-bearing woman, from a high of 3.4.
- And, more importantly, the fertility rate among educated Danish women has nearly caught up to less educated women, at 1.9 vs 2.0, respectively (source, in Danish).
In the case of the latter, it’s not clear if native Danes are separated from the immigrant population in the reported stats. If not, then one can assume that immigrant births are more concentrated in the less educated group, which may mean that among native Danes, fertility might actually be eugenic!
I don’t speak Danish, and there appears to be dearth of English-language sources on the matter, so this is all I’ve got for now. I invite any skeptical readers to…
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