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How do parents perceive the returns to parenting styles and neighborhoods?

Lukas Kiessling

European Economic Review, 2021, vol. 139, issue C

Abstract: This paper studies parental beliefs about the returns to two factors affecting the development and long-term outcomes of children: (i) parenting styles defined by warmth and control parents employ in raising children, and (ii) neighborhood quality. Based on a representative sample of 2,119 parents in the United States, I show that parents perceive large returns to the warmth dimension of parenting as well as neighborhood quality, and document that they perceive parenting to compensate for the lack of a good environment. I introduce a measurement error correction to show that perceived returns relate to parents’ actual parenting behavior and families’ neighborhood choices, but document that beliefs are unlikely to explain existing socioeconomic differences.

Keywords: Subjective expectations; Parenting styles; Neighborhoods; Human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D19 I24 I26 J13 J24 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2021.103906

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