Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family

Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family

by Nancy Folbre
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674047273

ISBN-13: 9780674047273

Pub. Date: 03/15/2010

Publisher: Harvard

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:
9780674047273
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Series:
Family and Public Policy Series, #5
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,382,046
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Conceptualizing the Costs of Children

1. Children and the Economy

2. Commitments and Capabilities

Part 2: Private Spending on Children in the United States

3. Defining the Costs of Children

4. Children and Family Budgets
with Tamara Ohler

5. Children outside the Household

6. Accounting for Family Time
with Jayoung Yoon

7. Valuing Family Work

Part 3: Public Spending on Children in the United States

8. Subsidizing Parents

9. Public Spending on Children's Education and Health

10. Who Should Pay for the Kids?

Notes

Index

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