There are 2 contrasting explanations for this I want to consider here

There are 2 contrasting explanations for this I want to consider here

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There are 2 contrasting explanations for this I want to consider here: First one is economic argument: increased wage rate leads to increased opportunity cost of having kids (that is, parents who earn more have more to lose by staying home to raise kids), while switch to wage-labor reduces economic advantage of kids (vs. family farm, where even fairly young children can contribute to household production) While I think this type of argument plays some role in explaining DT, it is not enough: 1) Higher earning rate should allow hiring of caretakers (such as wet nurses in 2) Kids (at least teenagers) could earn wages and make economic contributions to non- farm household (they certainly do in poorer households here and in the Third World) 3) If parents wanted to maximize wealth, they should have zero children in many (and not just modern industrial) economic systems; but even most yuppies want 1 or 2 Hence let's consider an alternative explanation: DT is result of changes in culturally-
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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