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II costo dei figli: una stima svincolata dal benessere

  • Veronica Polin

    (Dipartimento di Diritto dell'Economia, Università di Verona)

Economic literature suggests adopting the equivalence scale in order to calculate the private monetary cost of a child. This estimation is based upon controversia1 assumptions about exogeneity of fertility choice, identica1 preferences and possibility of welfare comparisons. In this paper we propose a different approach for estimating the cost of children. This method does not require household welfare comparisons and assumptions about preferences. Using the 1997 Italian Household Budget survey, we estimate the increase in the total expenditure caused by the presence of an additional child for households with equal income and socio-economic characteristics. The monthly margina1 cost is equal to 9% for households with average income.

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Article provided by Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in its journal Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali.

Volume (Year): 112 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 79-108

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Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2004:v:112:i:1:p:79-108
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