Nearly 100,000 people on benefits have four or more children, with more than 900 claimants having at least eight.
Quite which way around this works though is a mystery. Is it that the existence of he benefits system encourages some to have more children? Or that if you have more children already then hte benefits system is such that being on benefits leads to a higher living standard than working?
Whichever way around it is (if, indeed, it\’s either, and these are not just the same family sizes as are found in the general population) the individuals here are acting entirely rationally.
But then as we all know, what is rational for individuals is not necessarily rational for the society as a whole (as the Keynesians keep trying to tell us with the paradox of thrift).