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Economics in a Family Way
Journal of Economic Literature (1996)
  • Ted Bergstrom, University of California, Santa Barbara

This paper is an advertisement for some facts and ideas that I think likely to lead to a richer theory of the economics of the family. The discussion references many papers from anthropology and biology. Because of the intimate connection between the family and reproduction, it should not be surprising that there is much to be learned about the economics of the family from the study of evolutionary biology. Given the increased prevalence in recent decades of unwed parenthood, divorce with sequential monogamy, and ``non-traditional'' family arrangements, it seems that anthropological studies of alternative family structures would help us to understand our own.

  • economics of the family,
  • anthropology,
  • marriage,
  • divorce,
  • matching,
  • bargaining
Publication Date
December, 1996
Citation Information
Ted Bergstrom. "Economics in a Family Way" Journal of Economic Literature Vol. 34 (1996)
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