Bolsa Familia – paying mothers to send children to school

One of my concerns is that as we go through an economic downturn people will be caught unequally.  The poorest are like to suffer the most and disproportionately.  One of the ways to deal with this is some sort of  income scheme.

Therefore I bring to your attention this article about the Bolsa Familia program in Brazil.  This gives poor people a regular cash grant so long as they keep there children in school.

One of the reasons I like this is because I believe subsidies should be given to  consumers rather that producers.

I know of a young person in Canada who doesn’t even have an elementary education because his mother thinks school is not important.  He would probably be  much better off if Canadian  family allowance payments were dependent upon his attending school.


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