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Parent–child interactions and child outcomes: Evidence from randomized intervention

Jun Hyung Kim, Wolfgang Schulz, Tanja Zimmermann and Kurt Hahlweg

Labour Economics, 2018, vol. 54, issue C, 152-171

Abstract: Parent-child interactions are determined endogenously by child behavior, making identification of causal effects challenging. We overcome this endogeneity by analyzing a randomized, universal parent-training intervention on parents of preschool children. Evaluation of adolescent outcomes 10 years after the program suggests improvements to externalizing behaviors and wellbeing of children in the intervention group, mediated by changes to parenting during early childhood. These outcomes are not explained adequately by extant models of parent-child interactions, and so we explore alternative explanations. We show that benefits of early childhood interventions extend beyond low-socioeconomic households.

Keywords: Early childhood intervention; Randomized controlled trial; Parental investment; Socioemotional skill; Discipline; Child development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 J13 J18 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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