A free copy of Dr. Doepke's new book, Love, Money & Parenting is available for registered clinicians, courtesy of Compass Health Center.
NOTE: This Grand Rounds event is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend, not just clinicians, though the book give-away is for clinicians only. The Book Stall will have additional copies on hand for sale.
About Dr. Doepke's talk:
In the last few decades, American parenting has transformed from being relaxed and laissez-faire into a frantic, overscheduled activity. Parents experience rising anxiety about the achievements of their little ones, and in response now devote about twice as much time on supervising and interacting with their kids as what was the norm in the 1970s. In this talk, economist Matthias Doepke, Ph.D., co-author of Love, Money & Parenting: How Economics Explains How We Raise Our Kids, argues that this change, rather than being a form of collective madness, represents a broadly rational response of parents to a changed economic environment. The main culprit is rising economic inequality. As the gap between the rich and the poor and those with more and less education has risen, so have parents’ perceptions of the stakes in children’s achievement, and more intensive parenting is the result. Prof. Doepke also highlights that the same changes have resulted in more unequal parenting across society, and he discusses policy options that may help counteract these trends and help preserve the ideal of equal opportunity for all.
"Psychologists, sociologists and journalists have spent more than a decade diagnosing and critiquing the habits of 'helicopter parents' and their school obsessions. . . . But new research shows that in our unequal era, this kind of parenting is essential. That's the message of the book Love, Money and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids, by the economists Matthias Doepke of Northwestern University and Fabrizio Zilibotti of Yale. It's true that high-octane, hardworking child-rearing has some pointless excesses, and it doesn't spark joy for parents. But done right, it works for kids, not just in the United States but in rich countries around the world." ---Pamela Druckerman, New York Times
An international and historical look at how parenting choices change in the face of economic inequality