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The intergenerational transmission of reading: is a good example the best sermon?

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  • Anna Laura Mancini

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Chiara Monfardini

    () (University of Bologna, CHILD and IZA)

  • Silvia Pasqua

    () (University of Turin, CHILD and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Abstract

We use the last two waves of the Italian Time Use Survey to analyse the intergenerational transmission of reading habits. This can be explained by both cultural and educational transfers from parents to children and by imitative behaviour. Imitation is of particular interest, since it suggests the direct influence parents can have on a child�s preference and habit formation, and opens the way for active policies promoting good parenting behaviour. We investigate the imitative behaviour of children using a household fixed-effects model, where we identify the impact of the parents� role by exploiting the different exposure of siblings to parents� example within the same household. We find robust evidence on the existence of an imitation effect: on the day of the survey children are more likely to read after seeing either the mother or the father reading.

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  • Anna Laura Mancini & Chiara Monfardini & Silvia Pasqua, 2014. "The intergenerational transmission of reading: is a good example the best sermon?," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 958, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_958_14
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    1. Letizia Mencarini & Silvia Pasqua & Agnese Romiti, 2014. "Children’s time use and family structure in Italy," CHILD Working Papers Series 27, Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD) - CCA.

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    Keywords

    intergenerational transmission of preferences; parental role model; imitation; household fixed effects.;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models

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