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

Richard Percival and Ann Harding

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

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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

Chapter.  7837 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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