Child care outcomes: economic perspectives and issues

Knapp, Martin R J. and Lowin, Ana (1998) Child care outcomes: economic perspectives and issues. Children and Society, 12 . pp. 169-179. ISSN 0951-0605 (Print) 1099-0860. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Economics starts with the observation of widespread scarcity and the consequent need for choices about resource<p><p>allocation. Common criteria for such choices are economy, effectiveness, efficiency and equity. This paper defines these criteria and locates them within a conceptual framework (the 'production of welfare'). It also examines some of the reasons for the growth in interest in them. The main modes of evaluation - cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility and cost-consequences analyses - are described and illustrated. Few such evaluations have been conducted in child care, and the paper ends with speculation as to why this is so.

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Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
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