Number 3: Estimates of the costs of children in Australian families, 1993–94




Author:  National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling

This paper reports the costs of children in Australian two parent families. In the study, the costs of children were taken to be money expenditures–that is, the amounts that parents actually spent on their children.

The purpose of this study was to estimate the average costs of children in Australian two-parent families, where the cost of children were defined as parental expenditures on children up to 17 years of age. The level of expenditure was determined by comparing the expenditures of couple families with and without children at the same material standard of living.

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