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The Measurement of Child Costs: A Rothbarth-Type Method Consistent with Scale Economies

  • Olivier Bargain

    (University College Dublin)

  • Olivier Donni

    (University of Cergy-Pontoise)

We propose a new methodology to estimate the share of household income accruing to children (i.e., the cost of children). Following the principle of the Rothbarth approach, the identification of the children's share requires the observation of at least one adult-specific good. However, our method differs from this traditional approach in that it allows measuring economies of scale in the household and indifference scales in Lewbel (2003)'s sense. We illustrate the method with an application on the French Household Budget Survey.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201001.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 12 Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:201001
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