The Long-Term Analysis of Child-Rearing Expenses in Taiwan(1/2)

Project Details


The purpose of this project is to estimate the child-rearing expenses in Taiwan. Our work is designed as a two-year research project. On the work for the first year, we estimate the Taiwanese child-rearing expenses by following the framework reported by the US Department of Agriculture. However, our research work focuses on a long-term analysis by using the data of household expenditure survey collected by Taiwan DGBAS during the period between 1981 and 2013. Our purpose is to construct the cost of child and investigate the variation of child-rearing expenses. Furthermore, we will examine the effects of the Taiwan health insurance policy, which is implemented on the year of 1995, on the impact of child-rearing expenses. By adopting the quasi-experiment analysis, our estimation will examine the policy effect through the difference-in-difference method. On the work for the second year, we will estimate the cost of child by using the equivalence scale method. Our estimation model will consider the family collective behavior as well as parents’ bargaining power that are prevailing considered on the estimation of child-rearing expenses. Furthermore, the gender discrimination is still considered as a serious issue in Taiwan, our work is to estimate the bias effects on the issue by using the sharing rule method in the model. Our research work will provide part of information to design the public policies of child-award programs for the decision-makers in Taiwan.
Effective start/end date1/08/1531/07/16

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Child-rearing Expenses
  • Cost of Child
  • Equivalence Scale
  • Parent Bargaining Power
  • Collective Behavior
  • Gender Discrimination


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