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Parental Investment in Children: Differential Pathways of Parental Education and Mental Health

Chikako Yamauchi

No 621, CEPR Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University

Abstract: This paper examines pathways through which parental characteristics might affect children’s cognitive and behavioural outcomes. Using the 2004 LSAC, I show that more educated and mentally healthier parents are likely to have children with better outcomes. While educated parents are more frequently engaged in education-oriented activities with their children, mentally healthier parents exhibit more favourable parenting practices. To the extent that these results reflect causal relationships, they suggest that parental education and mental health affect children’s outcomes through different pathways.

Keywords: parental education; parental mental health; test score; behavioural outcome; parenting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D1 I2 J2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-hap, nep-hea, nep-hrm, nep-lab and nep-neu
Date: 2009-09
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