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Family Size and Economic Welfare

Citation

Espenshade, Thomas J.; Turchi, Boone A.; & Kamenske, Gloria (1983). Family Size and Economic Welfare. Family Planning Perspectives, 15(6), 289-94.

Abstract

Using data from the 1972-1973 Consumer Expenditure Survey, this article examines the effect of variations in family size on such measures of family economic well-being as levels and patterns of spending, earnings and employment, public assistance and the quantity and quality of housing. In general, although overall income rises somewhat with family size, an increase in the number of children appears to reduce the family's standard of living, especially in young families with small children.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2135299

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Family Planning Perspectives

Author(s)

Espenshade, Thomas J.
Turchi, Boone A.
Kamenske, Gloria

Year Published

1983

Volume Number

15

Issue Number

6

Pages

289-94

Reference ID

1435