Children's Cognitive Abilities and Intrahousehold Parental Investment
AbstractI estimate how new information about children's cognitive abilities leads parents to adjust investment within and across children. I use the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth matched mother-child data to construct measures of both child cognitive ability and parental investment during childhood. I find that parents respond to improvements in a child's cognitive abilities by devoting more resources towards that child. Â I find that positive information about one child leads to compensating investments in other children, evidence that parents have a concern for equity within the household.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Houston in its series Working Papers with number 201310847.
Date of creation: 14 Apr 2013
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human capital; parental investment; household decisions; childhood cognitive ability;
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- I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
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- NEP-ALL-2013-04-27 (All new papers)
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