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Parental preferences and allocations of investments in children's learning and health within families

Alejandra Abufhele, Jere Behrman and David Bravo

Social Science & Medicine, 2017, vol. 194, issue C, 76-86

Abstract: Empirical evidence suggests that parental preferences may be important in determining investment allocations among their children. However, there is mixed or no evidence on a number of important related questions. Do parents invest more in better-endowed children, thus reinforcing differentials among their children? Or do they invest more in less-endowed children to compensate for their smaller endowments and reduce inequalities among their children? Does higher maternal education affect the preferences underlying parental decisions in investing among their children? What difference might such intrafamilial investments among children make? And what is the nature of these considerations in the very different context of developing countries?

Keywords: Chile; Parental preferences and within-family investments; Child development; Birth weight; Weight; Height; Body mass index; Cognitive and non-cognitive development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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