John F. Ermisch is Professor of Economics at the Institute for Social and Economic Research of the University of Essex and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of Lone Parenthood: An Economic Analysis and The Political Economy of Demographic Change.
Well written and well organized, this book is particularly strong on issues relating to the intra-household allocation of resources--an area that has seen important research in recent years--and relations among members of non-intact families. It will be widely adopted as a very useful teaching text. --Alessandro Cigno, University of Florence This is a good book, carefully written and a pleasure to read. It covers all aspects of family economics, with a particular emphasis on demographic issues, and conveys the main ideas of the existing literature in a clear, articulate, interesting manner. It should meet the needs of many students. --Pierre Andr Chiappori, University of Chicago Ermisch provides a well-written introduction to how economists analyze families that will be useful to students, economists and other social scientists, and policymakers. He devotes more attention than do previous books to interesting analysis of issues related to household formation and social context, and he more rigorously integrates recent developments, both theoretical and empirical, in this area of expanding scholarship. --Jere R. Behrman, University of Pennsylvania