# Having children

Birthing can fulfill various purposes, instrumental or terminal, and those can be compared with other interventions fulfilling similar purposes in order to determine which ones are more cost-effective.

Those purposes include:

• creating more human lives

Personal fit and mental health are also important factors to take into account.

Another factor to explore is the marginal cost of raising a kid – or in other words, the economy of scale of raising kids.

# Cause area comparison

In this case, this cause area can be compared with Movement building.

In this case, this cause area can be compared with Sperm donation.

## Creating more lives

In this case, this cause area can be compared with Population control.

# Intervention comparison

### Monetary cost

In the US, adopting a kid from another country can cost from $5,000 to$40,000.

### Genetic impact

If you have a particularly good genetic, it might be desirable to spread it.

### Incentives

Spending on adoption can create economic pressure to get more kids in adoption which sometimes result in fraud, bribery, kidnapping and even trafficking in stolen children. (source)

# Further research

If one is going to have children, all else equal how useful would it be to select a mate based on intelligence? How much is this already naturally happening?

Assuming adopting is good, what age and nationality are ideal?