The Economics of the Family

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Nancy Folbre
E. Elgar Pub. Limited, Jan 1, 1996 - Business & Economics - 687 pages
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'This is an extremely useful collection of essays by economists on the family that will be of great value to all those social scientists who would like to have a ready reference to the way in which the debates over the new economics of the family have developed since the 1970s. the book provides an excellent guide to the ways in which economic explanation in this complex area has developed in relation to a number of different fields of inquiry, including fertility decline, intergenerational transfers and intra-household allocations.' - Jane Lewis, Population Studies 'The volume would serve well as a source-book for a course on family economics.' - John G. Treble, the Economic Journal This collection of essays features the debate among neoclassical, institutionalist and feminist theorists, providing an invaluable guide to the evolution of economic approaches to the family. the clash of paradigms illuminates some issues of profound concern to economics as a whole, such as the relative importance of altruism and self-interest.

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Gary S Becker 1985 Human Capital Effort and the Sexual
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A? Gary S Becker 1981 Altruism in the Family and Selfishness
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PART H INSnTUnONALIST AND FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES
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