Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family / Edition 1

Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family / Edition 1

by Nancy Folbre
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674026322

ISBN-13: 9780674026322

Pub. Date: 01/15/2008

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Nancy Folbre challenges the standard economist's assumption that parents have children for the same reason that they acquire pets-primarily for the pleasure of their company. Children become the workers and taxpayers of the next generation, and investments in them offer a significant payback to other participants in the economy.

Nancy Folbre is Professor of

Overview

Nancy Folbre challenges the standard economist's assumption that parents have children for the same reason that they acquire pets-primarily for the pleasure of their company. Children become the workers and taxpayers of the next generation, and investments in them offer a significant payback to other participants in the economy.

Nancy Folbre is Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026322
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2008
Series:
Family and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

I Conceptualizing the Costs of Children

1 Children and the Economy 11

2 Commitments and Capabilities 27

II Private Spending on Children in the United States

3 Defining the Costs of Children 45

4 Children and Family Budgets with Tamara Ohler 65

5 Children outside the Household 79

6 Accounting for Family Time with Jayoung Yoon 96

7 Valuing Family Work 121

III Public Spending on Children in the United States

8 Subsidizing Parents 139

9 Public Spending on Children's Education and Health 160

10 Who Should Pay for the Kids? 178

Notes 193

Index 231

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