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Parentonomics : an economist dad looks at parenting

Author: Joshua Gans
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2009.
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"Like any new parent, Joshua Gans felt joy mixed with anxiety upon the birth of his first child. Who was this blanket-swaddled small person and what did she want? Unlike most parents, however, Gans is an economist, and he began to apply the tools of his trade to raising his children. He saw his new life as one big economic management problem and if economics helped him think about parenting, parenting illuminated
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Gans
ISBN: 9780262012782 0262012782 9780262514972 0262514974
OCLC Number: 236142640
Description: xvi, 235 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The beginning --
Planning --
Delivering --
The basics --
Sleeping --
Eating --
Toileting --
The logistics --
Cleaning --
Travelling --
Caring --
The tough --
Protecting --
Punishing --
Sharing --
The fun --
Playing --
Partying --
The learning --
Understanding --
Schooling --
The time --
Continuing --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Joshua Gans.
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What every parent needs to know about negotiating, incentives, outsourcing, and other strategies to solve the economic management problem that is parenting.  Read more...

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I'm sure parents will recognize many of the parenting dilemmas Joshua Gans has come across. Each of these vignettes is amusing, often touching, and always told in a very tender way. Yet the economist Read more...

 
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