Parental Investment in Children: Differential Pathways of Parental Education and Mental Health
AbstractThis paper examines pathways through which parental characteristics might affect children’s cognitive and behavioural outcomes. Using the 2004 LSAC, I show that more educated and mentally healthier parents are likely to have children with better outcomes. While educated parents are more frequently engaged in education-oriented activities with their children, mentally healthier parents exhibit more favourable parenting practices. To the extent that these results reflect causal relationships, they suggest that parental education and mental health affect children’s outcomes through different pathways.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 621.
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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parental education; parental mental health; test score; behavioural outcome; parenting;
Other versions of this item:
- Chikako Yamauchi, 2010. "Parental Investment in Children: Differential Pathways of Parental Education and Mental Health," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 86(273), pages 210-226, 06.
- D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
- I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
- J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
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- NEP-ALL-2009-12-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2009-12-05 (Education)
- NEP-HAP-2009-12-05 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HEA-2009-12-05 (Health Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2009-12-05 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2009-12-05 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-NEU-2009-12-05 (Neuroeconomics)
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