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Title
  • A Survey of Theories of the Family
Author
  • Ted Bergstrom
Physical Description
  • preprint
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  • This is a survey of theoretical work (and some empirical work) related to the economics of the family. It was written for the forthcoming Handbook in Population Theory and was substantially revised in June 1994.
  • RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:9401001
  • The first section of this review explores the theory of household technology and the associated possibilities for distributiing utility among household members. The second section concerns decision theory within the household. This discussion draws on standard consumer decision theory. The third section of this paper deals with an equilbrium in which families are formed by persons voluntarily choosing mates. This theory is analogous to ``Tiebout theory'' in urban economics, where the objects of choice include not only the amount of public goods supplied in each city, but which individuals live in each place. An aspect of family life that has fewer parallels in the economics of market economies is intrafamilial love and altruism. The final section of this paper reviews a growing theoretical literature on love, altruism and the family.
  • RePEc:wop:michec:_027
  • RePEc:cdl:ucsbec:1135
  • This review explores the theory of household technology and the associated possibilities for distributing utility among household members. It also explores decision theory within the household, drawing on standard consumer decision theory. The review discusses models of equilbrium in which families are formed by persons voluntarily choosing mates. This theory is analogous to ``Tiebout theory'' in urban economics, where the objects of choice include not only the amount of public goods supplied in each city, but also which individuals live in each place. An aspect of family life that has fewer parallels in the economics of market economies is intrafamilial affection. The final section of this paper reviews a growing theoretical literature on love, altruism and the family.
  • economics of the family, bargaining, household economics, matching, marriage,
  • RePEc:cdl:ucsbec:1995d
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  • English
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