America's Children: Economic Perspectives and Policy Options

8 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2001

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Victor R. Fuchs

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Diane Reklis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 1992

Abstract

American children are worse off than those in the previous generation in several important dimensions of mental, physical, and emotional well-being. During the 1960s cultural changes adversely affected children while their material condition improved substantially. By contrast, material conditions deteriorated in the 1980s, especially among children at the lower end of the income distribution. Public policies to improve the material condition of children require a transfer of resources from households that do not have children to those that do. Government programs such as tax credits and child allowances are more efficient and equitable than employer-mandated programs.

JEL Classification: J13, J18

Suggested Citation

Fuchs, Victor R. and Reklis, Diane, America's Children: Economic Perspectives and Policy Options (January 1992). NBER Working Paper No. R1682. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=228046

Victor R. Fuchs (Contact Author)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Diane Reklis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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