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Koen Vleminckx and Timothy M. Smeeding

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342539

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.001.0001

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The public and private costs of children in Australia, 1993–94

The public and private costs of children in Australia, 1993–94

Chapter:
(p.320) (p.321) Thirteen The public and private costs of children in Australia, 1993–94
Source:
Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)
Author(s):

Richard Percival

Ann Harding

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.003.0014

This chapter looks at an estimation of the private costs of children in Australian two-parent families and compares them to selected public costs. The study it presents uses a variant of the approach that was originally developed by Engels, and which has since been used by Espenshade and others to estimate how much children actually cost their parents. This study considers the private costs of children to be money expenditures, while the indirect costs of children are not taken into account. The methodology and data source that are used to estimate the public and private costs of children are provided, before the private costs to parents of children are examined. The chapter then contrasts the private and public costs of children.

Keywords:   private costs, public costs, money expenditures, indirect costs, Australia, Engels, Espenshade

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