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

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

by Nancy Folbre
     
 

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

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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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