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This map tells us whether countries provide a birth or maternity grant to families for the first child.
- A birth or maternity grant is a one-time or short-term grant given when a child is born to help with the costs associated with having a child. Because the amount of the grant might vary due to birth order, we present information on grants available for the first child in order to have a basis for comparison between countries.
- Benefits are adjusted for differences in buying power across countries. To determine purchasing power parity (PPP), economists estimate the amount of money required to purchase the same bundle of goods and services across countries rather than using a simple exchange rate to compare currencies.