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Skill Formation under Incomplete Information

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  • Philipp Weinscheink

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We consider an economic model of child development with multiple stages. Due to incomplete information, parents are not able to tailor their investments to their child’s type when the child is young. We show that incomplete information weakens the importance of early investments in children when inter-stage investments are easily substitutable, but strengthens them when substitution is difficult. The latter case is empirically relevant.

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  • Philipp Weinscheink, 2010. "Skill Formation under Incomplete Information," Discussion Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2010_26, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
  • Handle: RePEc:mpg:wpaper:2010_26
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    1. James Heckman & Flavio Cunha, 2007. "The Technology of Skill Formation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 97(2), pages 31-47, May.
    2. Daron Acemoglu, 2002. "Directed Technical Change," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 69(4), pages 781-809.
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    Keywords

    Education; Skill Formation; Incomplete Information;

    JEL classification:

    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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