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



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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  • Cory Koedel & Teerachat Techapaisarnjaroenkit, 2011. "Systematic Differences in How Mothers Assess Their Children and Implications for Developmental Research," Working Papers 1124, Department of Economics, University of Missouri, revised 29 Oct 2012.
  • Handle: RePEc:umc:wpaper:1124

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    1. McMunn, Anne M. & Nazroo, James Y. & Marmot, Michael G. & Boreham, Richard & Goodman, Robert, 2001. "Children's emotional and behavioural well-being and the family environment: findings from the Health Survey for England," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 53(4), pages 423-440, August.
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    Maternal Assessment; Maternal Assessment Bias; Maternal Assessment Validity; Endogenous Assessment; Family Structure;

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    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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