ERIC Number: ED465827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How Do Cohabiting Couples with Children Spend Their Money? JCPR Working Paper.
DeLeire, Thomas; Kalil, Ariel
Cohabitation is an increasingly prevalent living arrangement in the United States. Although the effects of living in a cohabiting arrangement on child wellbeing are not fully understood, the literature on children growing up in cohabiting families suggests that they have poorer developmental outcomes than do those growing up in married-parent families or in single-parent families. This paper uses data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey to see if cohabiting couples with children spend their income on a different set of goods (i.e., have a different distribution of expenditure) than either married parents or single parents. Using a variety of analytical tools, the results find that cohabiting couples spend a substantially larger share of their total expenditure on alcohol and tobacco than do either married-parent families or single parents. Cohabiting couples with children also spend less on health care and less on education than do married parents. (Contains 39 references.) (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Child Welfare, Children, Cohabitation, Family Income, Marital Status, One Parent Family, Parent Responsibility, Parents, Tobacco
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Poverty Research, IL.