Why have children?

What is an ethical debate to some is a more simple desire for many more

July 4, 2012 | by Lauren Klammer , Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
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  7. For an extensive list of sources on this, see footnote two in Mrozek, A. and Walberg R. (2009). Private choices, public costs: How failing families cost us all. Ottawa: Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.