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The sky-high costs of raising kids in China

Financial realities may prevent big jump in fertility rate despite new, two-child policy

MUTED IMPACT: For China's growing middle class, rearing kids is an expensive process focused on keeping them ahead in a fiercely competitive economy.


CHINA's Communist Party rolled back its long-standing one-child policy last month in an attempt to halt a declining birth rate but population economists are expecting another equally powerful deterrent to kick in: the soaring cost of raising kids.

Their projections are...

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