ERIC Number: ED137048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Economic Methodology for Measuring the Benefits from Children.
Butz, William P.; Greenberg, David H.
A model for estimating the economic value of children is presented in this report designed to assist researchers of the less developed nations in assessing: amount and distribution of children's contribution to national output; the economic benefits of health, nutrition, and schooling changes; the persistence of rural people in having large families; and the failure of many traditional parents to use available schools, nutritious foods, and health care. The model attempts to tie investigation of child value to existing scientific literature; make explicit the conceptually ideal measure of child economic value; provide for separation of child economic value into components; and indicate how various combinations of data can be used to construct a number of alternative measures of child economic value. Viewing child economic value as the present discounted value of the stream of income and services each child provides his parents during their lifetime, this model concentrates on measuring/estimating the value of a child's productive activities in his parents' household and the value of his concurrent or subsequent cash in-kind contributions. Suggested measurement methods include 12 measures of child productivity used in conjunction with: parental expectations; actual past and present child contributions; and actual contributions from adult respondents to their parents. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.