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Systematic Differences in How Mothers Assess Their Children and Implications for Developmental Research

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    We examine agreeability between mothers and caregivers in their assessments of children’s non-cognitive development. We extend the standard agreeability framework and carefully consider systematic directional differences between mothers and caregivers across maternal subgroups. Minority mothers provide consistently more-favorable evaluations of their children than childcare providers. Holding race constant, mothers who raise their children outside of an intact family unit also provide more-favorable evaluations. These patterns in the data cannot be explained by any obvious source. We consider several possible explanations, and discuss research implications.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 1124.

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    Length: 36 pgs.
    Date of creation: 02 Dec 2011
    Date of revision: 29 Oct 2012
    Handle: RePEc:umc:wpaper:1124

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    Keywords: Maternal Assessment; Maternal Assessment Bias; Maternal Assessment Validity; Endogenous Assessment; Family Structure;

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