Who Should Pay for the Kids?

Paula England, Nancy Folbre

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This article emphasizes collective struggles over the distribution of the costs of children. Because the production of children's capabilities creates a public good that cannot be priced in the market, individuals can free ride on the efforts of parents in general and mothers in particular. We need to redesign the social contract in ways that encourage more sustainable forms of intergenerational altruism and reciprocity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-207
Number of pages14
JournalThe Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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