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A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

By Emily Oster
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Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster

Cribsheet (2019) provides a unique and insightful perspective on early-childhood parenting – that of an economist. Given its focus on decision-making, cost and benefit analysis, risk assessment, and data interpretation, the academic discipline of economics provides a surprisingly useful framework for thinking about the difficult decisions that new parents have to make when raising their babies.

  • Soon-to-be parents trying to think ahead about parenting decisions
  • Current parents already wrestling with those decisions  
  • Would-be parents wondering if they want to deal with those decisions in the first place

Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University, with a PhD in economics from Harvard University. She is the author of the provocative and controversial book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong – and What You Really Need to Know. She has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Esquire, and she was also a speaker at the 2007 TED conference.

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