Valuing Children

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Business & Economics - 248 pages
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While parents spend significant time as well as money on children, most estimates of the "cost" of children ignore the value of this time. Folbre provides a startlingly high but entirely credible estimate of the value of parental time per child by asking what it would cost to purchase a comparable substitute for it.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Conceptualizing the Costs of Children
9
II Private Spending on Children in the United States
43
III Public Spending on Children in the United States
137
Notes
193
Index
231
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Nancy Folbre is Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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