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Parental Involvement in School : A Literature Review


  • Francesco Avvisati
  • Bruno Besbas
  • Nina Guyon


Parents are actively involved in their children’s education at all ages, and school-based parental involvement programmes are in fashion in developed countries. Yet so far, economists have devoted little attention to determinants, levels and effects of parental involvement. This review is concerned with parental involvement for school-aged children. We comprehensively survey the economic literature on the topic, and selectively review theoretical and empirical studies outside economics. Studies on the spontaneous involvement of parents can answer questions on why parents become involved. On the other hand, recent local and national reforms can improve our understanding of the extent to which children’s success is influenced by what parents do. We use this distinction to organize the literature and underline the open questions in each field.

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  • Francesco Avvisati & Bruno Besbas & Nina Guyon, 2010. "Parental Involvement in School : A Literature Review," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 120(5), pages 759-778.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:repdal:redp_205_0759

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    1. Norris, Jonathan, 2017. "Family and Peer Social Identity Effects on Schooling Attitudes and Performance," UNCG Economics Working Papers 17-1, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics.
    2. repec:spr:soinre:v:133:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s11205-016-1370-x is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Florence Neymotin, 2014. "How Parental Involvement Affects Childhood Behavioral Outcomes," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 35(4), pages 433-451, December.

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