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The Welfare Effect on an Additional Child cannot be Stated Simply and Unequivocally

Julian L. Simon
Demography
Vol. 12, No. 1 (Feb., 1975), pp. 89-105
Published by: Springer on behalf of the Population Association of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2060735
Page Count: 17
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The Welfare Effect on an Additional Child cannot be Stated Simply and Unequivocally
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Abstract

There is no single calculable welfare effect of an additional person. Rather, there are many different judgments, which may be negative or positive. The welfare effect depends upon the particular economic situation the child will be born into, which point in his life-cycle one refers to, whether he is expected to have a positive effect upon his particular sort of economy and society during and after his lifetime, and most of all, on the kind of welfare criterion used. Furthermore, no matter which welfare criterion is used, the welfare effect of an added individual summarized over time is especially sensitive to the particular assumptions made.

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