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In-Home Training and the Production of Children's Human Capital

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  • Arleen Leibowitz

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    This paper adapts the idea of on-the-job training (OJT) to investments that families make in children before formal schooling begins. Like OJT, in-home training occurs in informal settings, requires costly time inputs and is complementary with formal schooling. In addition to choosing among home production, leisure, and market work, parents also choose which particular home activities to pursue. That working mothers dramatically reduce the time they devote to leisure, sleep, and other home activities in order to preserve their time in human capital-building activities with children, illustrates and validates the home production framework. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Economics of the Household.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 305-317

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:1:y:2003:i:4:p:305-317

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    Keywords: children; human capital; home production;

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    Cited by:
    1. Seung Mo Choi, 2008. "How Large are Learning Externalities? Measurement by Calibration," Working Papers 2008-26, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.
    2. Hillel Rapoport & Jean-Pierre Vidal, 2003. "Economic Growth and Endogenous Intergenerational Altruism," Working Papers 2003-04, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
    3. Alessandra Casarico & Alessandro Sommacal, 2008. "Labor Income Taxation, Human Capital and Growth: The Role of Child Care," CESifo Working Paper Series 2363, CESifo Group Munich.
    4. Rasmussen, Astrid Würtz, 2009. "Allocation of Parental Time and the Long-Term E¤ect on Children's Education," Working Papers 09-22, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
    5. Zhu, Guozhong & Vuralz, Gulfer, 2012. "Inter-generational effect of parental time and its policy implications," MPRA Paper 40670, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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