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Valuing children : rethinking the economics of the family

Author: Nancy Folbre
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
Series: Family and public policy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher's description -- Nancy Folbre challenges the conventional 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. Yet parents, especially mothers, pay most of the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Folbre, Nancy.
Valuing children.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)654615444
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Folbre
ISBN: 9780674026322 0674026322 9780674047273 0674047273
OCLC Number: 125402604
Description: viii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Children and the economy --
Commitments and capabilities --
Defining the costs of children --
Children and family budgets / with Tamara Ohler --
Children outside the household --
Accounting for family time / with Jayoung Yoon --
Valuing family work --
Subsidizing parents --
Public spending on children's education and health --
Who should pay for the kids?
Series Title: Family and public policy.
Responsibility: Nancy Folbre.
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Challenges the conventional economist's assumption that parents have children for the same reason that they acquire pets - primarily for the pleasure of their company. This book emphasizes the need  Read more...

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In this capstone work, Folbre, long a critic of the neoclassical economics approach to the family, adumbrates arguments regarding what is wrong with how economists and governments conceptualize and Read more...

 
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