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close this bookStrengthening the Family - Implications for International Development (UNU, 1991, 268 pages)
close this folderEconomic perspectives on the family
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentDefinitions of the family and household
View the documentThe new home economics
View the documentConcepts in the analysis of household/family behaviour
View the documentMethods for predicting the impact of development inputs on families
View the documentFindings relevant to the family
View the documentInsights regarding family social wellness
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The behaviour of families was neglected by economists until the 1950s (Becker 1981). Now, their growing awareness of family behaviour is hastening the incorporation of family life into the mainstream of economics. In turning their attention to the household or family, economists and economic demographers are analysing the underlying ways in which the rules of the market govern the consumption, production, and welfare of family members and the structure of the family itself. Family economics is now a respectable and growing field (Becker 1965).