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Does Mother Know Best? Parental Discrepancies in Assessing Child Functioning

  • Nabanita Datta Gupta


    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Mette Lausten

    (SFI, Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Dario Pozzoli

    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

We investigate the degree of correspondence between parents’ reports on child behavioral and educational outcomes using the most recent available wave of a rich Danish longitudinal survey of children (the DALSC). All outcomes are measured at age 11 when the children are expected to be in fifth grade. Once discrepancies are detected, we analyze whether they are driven by noisy evaluations or by systematic bias, focusing on the role of parental characteristics and response heterogeneity. We then explicitly assess the relative importance of the mother’s versus the father’s assessments in explaining child academic performance and diagnosed mental health to investigate whether one parent is systematically a better informant of their child’s outcomes than the other.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2012-24.

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Date of creation: 02 Nov 2012
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