The Child Adoption Marketplace

@article{Skidmore2012TheCA,
  title={The Child Adoption Marketplace},
  author={Mark L. Skidmore and Gary R. Anderson and Mark E. Eiswerth},
  journal={Public Finance Review},
  year={2012},
  volume={44},
  pages={163 - 196}
}
In the United States, child adoption costs vary considerably, ranging from no out-of-pocket expense to US$50,000 or more. What are the causes for the variability in adoption expenses? We administered a survey to a sample of Michigan adoptive families to link adoptive parent characteristics, child characteristics, and adoption-related expenses and subsidies. We then estimated “hedonic” regressions in which adoption cost is a function of child characteristics. The analysis shows that up to 74… 
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