Who has borne the cost of Britain’s children in the 1990s?

Hugh Davies and Heather Joshi

in Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301738 | DOI:
Who has borne the cost of Britain’s children in the 1990s?

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This chapter focuses on the cost of children in terms of adults' forgone income in Britain; in practice, this means the incomes of mothers. It outlines the method and assumptions of the study, followed by two sections on the magnitude and distribution of the forgone labour market income costs of children in intact marriages. The chapter ends with a discussion on divorce and teenage mothers.

Keywords: cost of children; forgone income; forgone labour; market income costs; intact marriages; divorce; teenage mothers

Chapter.  7252 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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