Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids, 1st Edition

  • Matthias Doepke
  • Fabrizio Zilibotti
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  • ISBN-10: 0691184216
  • ISBN-13: 9780691184210
  • DDC: 649.1
  • 384 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released November 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title offers an international and historical look at how parenting choices change in the face of economic inequality. Parents everywhere want their children to be happy and do well. Yet how parents seek to achieve this ambition varies enormously. For instance, American and Chinese parents are increasingly authoritative and authoritarian, whereas Scandinavian parents tend to be more permissive. Why? This book investigates how economic forces and growing inequality shape how parents raise their children. From medieval times to the present, and from the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, and Sweden to China and Japan, the authors look at how economic incentives and constraints—such as money, knowledge, and time—influence parenting practices and what is considered good parenting in different countries. Discussions of social mobility and education, plus personal anecdotes and original research present an engrossing look at the economics of the family in the modern world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Raising Kids in the Age of Inequality.
1: The Economics of Parenting Style.
2: The Rise of Helicopter Parents.
3: Parenting Styles around the Contemporary World.
4: Inequality, Parenting Style, and Parenting Traps.
Raising Kids throughout History.
5: From Stick to Carrot: The Demise of Authoritarian Parenting.
6: Boys versus Girls: The Transformation of Gender Roles.
7: Fertility and Child Labor From Large to Small Families.
8: Parenting and Class: Aristocratic versus Middle-Class Values.
How Policy Affects the Way We Raise Our Kids.
9: The Organization of the School System.
10: The Future of Parenting.